Corio is home to a new Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group.

The group is co-ordinated by Nick, who has more than 30 years’ experience with AA and saw a need for a program of its kind in the area.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope to help others recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

“The traditional format is the foundation of what AA is,” Nick said. “The AA meeting is a safe place where vulnerable people can go and get good information about how to solve their problems.

“It’s spiritual not religious – it’s really just about good living. Alcohol is a health issue, but before that it’s a spiritual issue, so the spirituality is the key.”

Meetings are held weekly and are open, meaning family, friends and loved ones can attend. They include three or four speakers, followed by discussion, and the chance to build trust as a way of supporting members.

The AA group meets at Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre. For more information about meeting times contact Nick, phone 0429-691-845.

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