Learning To Live With Alcoholism
Alcohol Awareness Week (11th to 17th November) highlights those living with Alcoholism in their lives. The effects of alcoholism can be devastating not just for the drinker, but also for the families. Living with someone else’s alcoholism can be a lonely and isolating experience, with relationships damaged by the secrecy and lies, verbal or physical abuse and despair.
Al-Anon Family Groups are for the families & friends of alcoholics who share their experience of alcoholism, strength, & hope in order to solve their common problems. Lingfield Al-Anon runs every Tuesday from 8-9,30pm at the Community Centre. Anonymity is protected by using first names only. Listening to the shared experiences of others helps those affected find the confidence to deal with the effects of someone else’s drinking. Al-Anon meetings are free accepting only donations from members towards running costs and literature so that the groups are fully self-supporting.
As Louise explains, “Attending my local Al-Anon meeting when my Husband was suffering from Alcoholism was so helpful; life had become very difficult for my two children and me. The people at the meeting understood how I was feeling and the stress levels I was trying to deal with and I didn’t feel lonely anymore. One of the things I learned was to change my attitude towards my husband, which included stopping nagging and arguing with him. The atmosphere within our home improved for us all, particularly the children. I also began to understand that my Husband would only stop drinking once he had reached the stage where he realised he had reached his rock bottom and found the courage to seek help, firstly via a Treatment Centre and then Alcoholic’s Anonymous. He has been sober for 28 years now, and we have a wonderful life together.”
For further information please visit the website: www.al-anonuk.org.uk
About Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire
Al–Anon Family Groups offers a programme of recovery in over 130 countries; there are over 780 support groups in the UK and Eire. By attending Al-Anon Family Group meetings, individuals discover that they didn’t cause the problem, and cannot control or cure it. They also learn how best to cope with their situation by switching their focus from the alcoholic to themselves.
About Alateen. In the UK
Alateen meetings are for 12-17 year olds. If there is no local Alateen meeting, youngsters over 12 are welcome to attend an Al-Anon Family Group meeting. For further information about Alateen meetings please contact the General Service office on 020 7593 2070.
Anonymity All names have been changed
Anonymity is an important principle which safeguards member confidentiality. Al-Anon’s public relations policy requires all members to maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films and TV. A pseudonym may be used, or first names only. E.g. Bob S. or Sheila N.