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Are Al-Anon Meetings For Me? Helping The Alcoholic By Helping You

al-anon meetingsAre you wondering what Al-Anon meetings can do for you if you’re not the one struggling with alcohol? If you have an alcoholic parent, child, spouse or someone in your life that may drink too much, then Al-Anon is for you.

Even though you may not be suffering from the disease of alcoholism, you are definitely suffering from the actions and consequences of the disease, so you need help and healing, too. Al-Anon is also a great place to learn more about alcoholism, how others cope, and tips on how you can help your family heal.

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Al-Anon Meetings

Did you know that if you grew up with an alcoholic, you can attend Al-Anon meetings? You can, and it is extremely helpful. Growing up in a dysfunctional environment controlled by alcohol can actually have a huge impact on your emotional well-being as well as your behaviors as an adult. Ever feel like something is off, but just can’t put your finger on it? Well, Al-Anon can help you find out what and how to fix it.

Alcoholism can take a mental, physical, and emotional toll on you and your life, and there are no specific instructions on how to fix it either. So what do you do when you are dealing with someone who has a drinking problem? We have found that Al-Anon provides three important things:


Attending Al-Anon meetings is a great way to gather some support and a strong social network so you can cope with your loved one’s alcoholism. Doing this alone is draining and not needed. Through support you will gather strength and hope.


It can be really challenging to figure out what the best steps are to take when trying to help the alcoholic in your life. The good news is that you don’t have to figure it out alone. In these meetings, others will be able to offer their experience, strength, and hope that worked for them. Each time you open up and share with your supports, the more information you can obtain on how to handle it. No person should have to suffer this journey alone and the good news is that you don’t have to.


Attending Al-Anon gives purpose to your life. Many times the disease of alcoholism can strip you of your emotional and physical well-being and what often can accompany it is depression, anxiety, and lack of purpose and faith. If you are feeling this way, you are not alone and that is what these meetings are exactly about.

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Still not sure if Al-Anon is for you? You can take this simple anonymous assessment quiz to find out.

You may feel like Al-Anon meetings can’t offer you anything you don’t already know, but that is simply not a fact and there are millions of people that have gained a great deal of strength, courage, and healing in the rooms of Al-Anon, so why not you? It may be time for you to throw out your old ideas and beliefs, and take a chance at doing something new and different, because as the old saying goes, “nothing changes, if nothing changes.”

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