Self-Help Groups

The following link will take you to a list of self-help groups available in the East Kootenay.  Groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Alanon and others.  EKASS updates the list regularly but cannot guarantee that meeting times or locations may not have changed.  It is recommended that one call the contact numbers to confirm a meeting time and location.

Self-help groups, also known as mutual help, mutual aid, or support groups, are groups of people who provide mutual support for each other. In a self-help group, the members share a common problem, often a common disease or addiction. Their mutual goal is to help each other to deal with, if possible to heal or to recover from, this problem. The Cranbrook/Kimberley area has a number of 12-step groups. A listing of groups can be found here or in hard copy at all of our locations.

** Due to COVID 19, please call any meeting directly with the contact information provided on the Self Help Schedules before attending as groups have been cancelled or have alternate ways of providing service** 


Self Help Group Cranbrook & Kimberley January 2020 Self Help Group Cranbrook & Kimberley January 2020 (220 KB)

Self Help Group Schedule Elk Valley & Crowsnest March 2020 Self Help Group Schedule Elk Valley & Crowsnest March 2020 (209 KB)

Online Support Groups Online Support Groups (427 KB)



 


Recent Posts

  • EKASS is now offering a virtual mindfulness group

    Posted on: 22-May-2020

    Posted by EKASS | on 22-May-2020 EKASS is now offering a virtual mindfulness group

    Mind full or Mindful?

    East Kootenay Addictions Services Society is offering a 4 week Mindfulness Skills Training Group (once a week, for 2 hours on Tuesdays) for anyone who would like to reduce their suffering and learn to live a happier, more peaceful life. For more information and to register for this free series, contact Kari or Eleine at 250-489-4344

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  • Provincial Overdose Alert
  • Provincial Overdose Alert

    Posted on: 22-May-2020

    Posted by EKASS | on 22-May-2020 Provincial Overdose Alert

    BC PROVINCIAL OVERDOSE ALERT
     
    INCREASED DRUG TOXICITY REPORTED ACROSS BC  (BOTH STIMULANTS & DOWN)  
     

    • Fatal and non-fatal overdoses through smoking and injecting (stimulants and down) have increased over the last few weeks 
    • Severe overdoses related to smoking stimulants and down due to the rapid onset of effects  
    • Increased community overdose & drug alerts since March 22nd 

    FOR YOUR SAFETY:
     
    1) Use an Overdose Prevention Site, if you can. FIND AN OPS 
    2) Pick up a naloxone kit. FIND A SITE. Call ahead for hours. 
    3) Avoid using alone. Find a buddy or have someone check on you. 
    4) Talk to your doctor about ways to reduce the need to purchase substances, or experience withdrawal

    THIS IS A PROVINCIAL ALERT Check your local Health Authority websites for local alerts 
    To FIND AN OPS: https://www.stopoverdose.gov.bc.ca/theweekly/overdoseprevention-sites-supervised-consumption-services-drug-checking
    To FIND A SITE: towardtheheart.com/site-finder More info on accessing prescriptions: https://www.bccsu.ca/wpcontent/uploads/2020/04/Postcard-COVID-v2.pdf  
    For more information on ways to stay safe while using substances during COVID19 please check: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid19/priority-populations/people-who-use-substances  

    Date Posted: MAY 21, 2020     (remove by June 8, 2020)

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  • Cranbrook Food Resources
  • Cranbrook Food Resources

    Posted on: 03-Apr-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 03-Apr-2020 Cranbrook Food Resources

    Cranbrook Food Resources

    Food Resources


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Upcoming Events

  • New additions to the COVID-19 resource section

    Event Date: 31-Mar-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 31-Mar-2020 New additions to the COVID-19 resource section

    East Kootenay Addictions Services is building and adding to the COVID-19 Response Resources section of the website. Follow the link here COVID-19 Resources for more information

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  • Managing the Covid-19 Virus Update
    Event Date: 25-Mar-2020
  • Managing the Covid-19 Virus Update

    Event Date: 25-Mar-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 25-Mar-2020 Managing the Covid-19 Virus Update

    March 25, 2020

    Dear Clients:

    As part of our ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic, EKASS has followed the recommendations of the Federal and Provincial Governments, and has closed all our offices effective March 18, 2020.    

    To stay in line with the precautions suggested by the Federal Government of self-distancing, this office will be closed indefinitely.  Please check our website www.ekass.com for updated information and links to resources and supports.

    We are continuing to provide counselling services to our clients via phone or webbased options.  

    Clients on the OAT Program will be contacted by the doctors at the Interior Chemical Dependency Office in Kamloops to ensure that they continue to receive scripts.

    Harm Reduction supplies continue to be available as we continue to provide supplies to our community partners.

    We recognize that these are stressful times.  We are here to support you and want people to stay in touch as we navigate this situation together.  If you have questions or concerns, or to book an appointment, please call the Cranbrook office at 250-489-4344 for further information.  We will be checking the phones messages daily and responding as quickly as we can.

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  • Teen Empowerment and Mastery Program
    Event Date: 4-May-2020
  • Teen Empowerment and Mastery Program

    Event Date: 4-May-2020

    Posted by EKASS | on 14-Feb-2020 Teen Empowerment and Mastery Program

    Communities throughout the East Kootenay region will be holding the Teen Empowerment and Mastery (TEAM) Program in May and June of 2020. Click here to learn more about TEAM. If you are a young person interested in attending TEAM contact us at 1-877-489-4344 for more information.

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