My family was, and to a lesser extent still are, members of a local Al ANON chapter. They have found the group meetings to be very helpful, and as such I would not hesitate to recommend the meetings to anyone suffering through the pain of a loved one’s addiction to alcohol. The AL ANON mission to is to teach and council families affected by an alcoholic’s drinking how to live happier and healthier lives.
The AL ANON philosophy is that the drinking of a loved one can have a profound impact on the health and happiness of those close to that person; and through reactions to the drinking, feelings of shame and anger, and a sense of personal responsibility over the drinking of an alcoholic, family members can be as addicted to that person’s alcoholism, as the alcoholic is to alcohol! Al ANON is an anonymous and non profit organization that aims to help family member’s live happier and healthier lives, whether the alcoholic family member is drinking or not.
Al ANON is a spiritual organization, but no particular religion is mentioned, and people from any beliefs set are more than welcome to attend. Family members are invited to speak at the meetings, but participation is entirely at the individual’s discretion, and if anyone chooses to remain silent, they are free to do so. Al ANON members practice a twelve step program to recovery from the pain of a family member’s alcoholism, and they also educate on how to support the alcoholic in their personal battle against addiction in a healthy and positive way.
Through shared storied of hope and the understanding of others in a very similar situation, Al ANON can offer empowerment, and offer some degree of peace to any family member suffering through the pain of a loved one’s addiction. My family has found the group to be very valuable, and as such I would encourage anyone suffering through the addiction of a family member to at the very least give a meeting a try, and see if it seems beneficial to you. The pain caused by alcoholism resonates through the family. AL ANON helps to ease some of the pain, and makes for a healthier and happier family as a whole.