New AA meetings available in Tahlequah
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – In recognition of Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month, the Cherokee Nation has announced new Alcoholics Anonymous meetings available from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at 118 B Keetoowah St.
Sherry Baker, first lady of the Cherokee Nation, initiated the new AA meetings. She said she recognized a need for an alcohol recovery group that Native Americans would feel comfortable attending.
“This project is near and dear to my heart. I have seen alcoholism affect friends, family and community members over the years,” Baker said. “All of us are touched, either directly or indirectly, by its devastation, but people can recover if they have help and support, and that’s what we want to offer them at these meetings.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 12 percent of deaths among Native Americans and Alaska Natives between 2001-05 were alcohol related. Many people battling the disease turn to AA because it is an anonymous, judgment-free way to seek fellowship and recovery.
Baker said mostly Cherokee volunteers run the facility and they hope to expand services offered at the location to include more AA meetings and recovery programs.
The meetings are open to the public and anonymous. For more information, call Sam Bradshaw at 918-207-5538. To learn more about Alcoholics Anonymous visit www.AA.org
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. ¬– ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏓᏴᏍᏕᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏃᏒᎾ ᏅᏬᏘ ᎠᏅᏔᏅᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏑᎵᎪᎦ ᏏᏅᏓ ᏃᏊ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏄᏩᏁᎳ ᎢᏤ Alcoholics Anonymous ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬ ᎤᏙᏢᏎᏍᏗ ᏗᏩᏛᎯᏓᏍᏗ ᏑᏓᎵ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᏒᎯᏱᏯ ᎾᎿ ᏦᎢᏁ ᎢᎦ ᎾᎿ 118 B Keetoowah St.
Sherry Baker, ᎢᎬᏱ ᎦᏙᎩ ᎠᎨᏯ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ, ᎤᎴᏅᎲ ᎯᎠ ᎢᏤ AA ᏧᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ. ᎤᏛᏅ ᎤᎪᎲ ᎧᏂᎬᎬᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏗᏔᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏑᎵᎪᎦ ᎤᎾᏙᏢ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ (ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ) ᎣᏍᏓ ᏱᏚᎾᏓᏅᏔ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᎯᎠ ᎠᏎᎸᎯ ᎾᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏆᏓᏅᏔ. ᎠᎩᎪᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏆᎵ, ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏁᎳ ᏄᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏓᏴᏍᏕᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎩ ᏱᎩ ᎪᎯᎦ ᏂᏓᎬᏩᎴᏅᏓ ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Baker.
“ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎢᎦᏠᏯᏍᏔᎾ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎨᏲᏟ , ᏐᎢᏃ ᎤᎪᏓ, ᎢᎩᎪᎭ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏲᏟ ᎨᏒᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎬᏩᏂᏑᎵᎪᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᏃ ᏱᏓᏍᏕᎸᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏱᏓᏍᏕᎸᎯ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎢᎦᏚᎵ ᎯᎠ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬ ᎤᎾᏛᎪᏗᎢ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ.”
ᏚᎾᏙᎵᏤᎲ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎥᏳᎩ ᎠᏂᎭᎷᎩᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᎴᏫᏍᏙᏗᏍᎩ, ᎾᎥᏂᎨᏍᏗ ᏔᎳᏚ percent ᏓᏂᏲᎱᏍᎦ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏰᏟ ᎠᏁᎲ ᎠᎴ Alaska ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏌᏊ ᎾᏃ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᎠᏓᏴᏍᏕᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᏝ. ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᎾᏁᎶᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏂᏑᎵᏍᎪᏍᏗ ᏩᎾᎦᏔᎲᏍᎪ AA ᏚᏃᏢᏒ ᏩᎾᎦᏔᎲᏍᎪ ᏝᏃ ᎩᎶ ᏳᏅᏙ, ᎩᎶ ᎬᏩᏓᏃᎮᏗ Ꮭ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏟᏃᎮᏗ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎤᏠᏯ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏯᎣ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ.
Baker ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏂᎦᏓᏊ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᎾᏓᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏗᏗᏐ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎤᏅᏐ ᎤᏓᏃᎯᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏛ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎪᏛ ᏗᏠᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎬᏩᏂᏑᎵᏍᎪᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ.
ᎯᎠ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬ ᎤᏂᏍᏚᎢᏌ ᎾᎿ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᎦᏃᏣᎵ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ. ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ, ᎠᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗ Sam Bradshaw at 918-207-5538. ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ Alcoholics Anonymous visit www.AA.org.