Two Mormon missionaries are touting a program offered through the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) as a means to help southeast residents who are battling addictions.
Elder Loyal Dillon and Elder Shane Dola say that it's a 12-step program adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous, and modified with the Mormon teaching. People can currently travel to Regina and attend a meeting, or they can participate in a session via a telephone call.
The sessions are not yet happening in Estevan.
“We have all the information about this program, so if people have questions about it, they can come to us, or they can go online and find it themselves,” said Dola.
Meetings are Thursdays at 7 p.m.
It covers such issues as alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography, sexual addictions and more.
“As missionaries, we always try to help people through all aspects of their lives,” said Dillon.
A couple of people who are close to Dillon have gone through the program.
“It blessed their lives immensely,” said Dillon. “You wouldn't even know that they had a problem with addictions in the past. But it's also out of their desire to stay clean.”
If there are enough individuals who want to access the services of the addictions program, then Dola said a couple of senior couples might be sent to Estevan to organize a meeting.
“We talked to the local police department here in Estevan, and we asked them what the drug rate was here, and they said that for the size of the town, it's pretty high,” said Dillon.
The addictions program is another example of the Mormons trying to serve the people in the community, they said. Since coming to Estevan, they have been helping out the Estevan Salvation Army, volunteering at the Estevan Humane Society, visiting senior care homes and the hospital, and even shovelling snow.
Dillon has been in Estevan for 4 1/2 months, and has six weeks remaining in his stint in the Energy City. Dola is currently in Weyburn. There will be another missionary arriving in Estevan soon.
This is the first time in five years that the LDS Church has had missionaries in Estevan, and so far, Dillon said that Estevan has made a very favourable impression on those who have been in the region.