Al-Anon which included Alateen for younger member has been assisting friends and family member of problem drinkers for over 55 years. According to Al-Anon it is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people... alcoholism is truly a family disease.
In Al-Anon and Alateen, family members are encouraged to share their own experience, strength, and hope with each other. Family member will meet others who share your experiences, feelings and frustrations, if not your exact situation. Al-Anon members come together to learn to live a better life, to find happiness whether the alcoholic in your family is still drinking or not.
Many who come to Al-Anon/Alateen are feeling hopeless, and in despair, unable to believe that life will or can ever change. Al-Anon member want our lives to be different, but nothing we have done so far has brought about a change. Family members all come to Al-Anon because they want and need help.
What to expect at you first Al-Anon Meeting
- A brief welcome to the group where you may be asked to identify yourself by first name only since Al-Anon is an anonymous organization and your identity is protected.
- A reference to higher power that some may construe to be God, but Al-Anon is a spiritual organization, not a religious organization. Attendees are free to choose a higher power of their own, and are careful to avoid imposing their beliefs on others.
- Al-Anon members that will be there to listen to you about your problems and be glad to talk with you and encourage you to keep returning to meetings
- There are not any dues or fees as Al-Anon is self-supporting through private donation by its members.