I suspect that the addiction problems have been exacerbated by the lack of real-life anon programs.
So an ON issue.I don't know about Alberta, but in Ontario, all of the NarAnon, AA, and AlAnon groups have moved to an on-line format.
Whether you agree or not, this cuts off access to a number of people, and reduces the accountability for those who continue to attend virtually.
Although still allowed in some regions some groups chose to close.
Alcoholics Anonymous is temporarily closing many of its meetings across Canada in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.beta.ctvnews.ca
When the local AA group went online last year, their attendance increased.Many would be forced to close when churches and other meeting spaces close their doors to users groups. Our choir faced that last year. Our church congregation faced it when another church decided to close their building. (We would have used their space for one in person service)
AA and other 12 step groups are more than their meetings. They are an informal network that reaches out to and supports those who are still suffering. They've struggled with online meetings due to the challenges with anonymity, a very important part of their program.
So while meetings may not be happening, AA is likely still open for business.
When you mention accountability, what do you mean?