Al-Anon (not to be confused with Alcoholics Anonymous) offers understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. The parents, children, wives, husbands, friends and colleagues of alcoholics could all be helped by Al-Anon and Alateen whether or not the drinker in their lives recognises that a problem exists.
At Al-Anon group meetings members receive comfort and understanding and learn to cope with their problems through the exchange of experience, strength and hope. The sharing of problems binds individuals and groups together in a bond that is protected by a policy of anonymity. Members learn that there are things they can do to help themselves and indirectly to help the problem drinker. Changed attitudes, which come from greater understanding of the illness, may result in the drinker seeking help.
Al-Anon is self-supporting through members' voluntary contributions and the sale of its literature.
The groups are non-professional and have no religious or other affiliations and no opinions on outside issues.
Will Al-Anon respect my confidentiality and anonymity? Yes.
Can I belong to Al-Anon if the drinker does not admit to a drinking problem? Yes.
Can I belong to Al-Anon if the problem drinker does not live with me? Yes.
Will I gain knowledge of the illness of alcoholism? Yes.
Will Al-Anon help me to realise that my problem is not unique? Yes.
Can Al-Anon be contacted by telephone? Yes.
Because of someone else's drinking….
Am I worried?
Am I losing sleep?
Do I feel sorry for myself, inadequate or guilty?
Am I ashamed of my situation?
Do I ever feel embarrassed by the drinker's behaviour?
Do I make excuses for the drinker and take on their responsibilities?
Am I tired, nervous, depressed?
Am I short-tempered and frustrated at times?
Do I ever feel desperate and alone?
If you can answer YES to some of these questions then Al-Anon may be able to help you.
Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire
61 Great Dover Street
Tel: 020 7403 0888
Fax: 020 7378 9910
For further information, please telephone Martin on 07973 509248