Look No Further… Here Are Some Resources for Loved Ones

Resources for Loved Ones

In Times of Need Resources for Loved Ones Come in Handy

Al-Anon

For those who have lived with an active alcoholic, they know that it can be lonely, devastating, and confusing – especially when the alcoholic doesn’t seek help. Al-Anon and Alateen understand this and treat alcoholism as a family illness. For those whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking, they provide fellowship and support: their one mission is to help the families of alcoholics. Al-Anon groups share experiences in the belief that with community individuals can help to solve their common problems.

Alateen

Another component to the Al-Anon family group is Alateen. Designed for young people (under the age of 20), Alateen helps youth whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking, a condition that can affect all family members emotionally as well as physically. Children cannot change or control their parents. Instead, they can continue to love them while they learn to detach from their problems. Al-Anon and Alateen understand that friends and families of alcoholics are often traumatized themselves and offer an outlet for emotional support and understanding necessary for families to get better.

The Fellowship of Families of Alcoholics

Both Al-Anon and Alateen function under the premise that those who have lived with the problem of alcoholism can understand it in a way that few others can. For those families who often believe that what goes on in the family shouldn’t be discussed with others on the outside, this can be a lifeline. They believe that no situation is without hope and that it is indeed possible to find peace and happiness even in a life touched by alcoholism – active or not.

The Use of 12-Step Methods

Al-Anon uses 12-Step methods. They believe these principles are universal and applicable to everyone whatever their creed or tradition. They also use the guidelines of the 12 Traditions. These guidelines are used in leading their groups, relations with other groups, with AA, and the world around them. And like AA, they place a high value on anonymity.

Their mission is to aid families and friends of alcoholics. What they don’t do is stop alcoholism or assist with interventions. There are other organizations of agencies that are better suited for those purposes. A study has shown that when an alcoholic’s spouse is active in Al-Anon and the alcoholic is active in AA, the alcoholic is more likely to be abstinent. In addition, both marital and parenting circumstances are likely to be improved when there is participation in both.

Al-Anon Meetings

Al-Anon believes its meetings shouldn’t be places where members give direction or advice to other members. What they do instead is share their personal experiences and stories and invite other members to use whatever is most useful to them or not. Members can determine for themselves what lessons they may apply to their own lives. The hope is that after attending Al-Anon meetings, they will begin to understand how much they have in common with others who’re affected by someone else’s drinking. They will understand that they are not alone and that there is support available to them.

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