The damage caused by an abusive drinking habit does not end at the alcoholic; it can greatly impact the lives and psychological well-being of those close to them.
Al-Anon, a fellowship based off the Alcoholics Anonymous philosophy, welcomes friends and family members of alcoholics and helps them cope with their own problems, giving them the strength to balance their own lives with their loved one’s addiction.
Members of Alateen are encouraged to understand that alcoholism is a disease and they are not the cause of a family member’s drinking, nor can they change anyone.
When a drinking problem surfaces in someone’s life, friends and family typically encounter an unpredictable wave of problems in their own lives.
Al-Anon Family Groups, or simply Al-Anon, address these issues.
After dating one dud after another, you finally find someone who seems to have it all – thoughtful, witty, responsible – and good-looking to boot.
Then they drop a bomb: “I used to be a drug addict.” They may as well have said, “I’m married.” But does one partner being in recovery automatically spell doom for a relationship?
Not long after Al-Anon launched, in 1957, a teenage son of AA/Al-Anon parents started the first meeting for children of alcoholics in California.