I just listened to what everyone was saying [in my Al-Anon meeting] and one of the sayings that came up very quickly, that people relied on, was: I did not cause alcoholism in my family, I can not control it, and I can not cure it.
Virginia Beach, VA (PRWEB) October 22, 2012
To learn more about Al-Anon Family Groups and the strength and hope they offer to friends and families of alcoholics, check out and subscribe to the YouTube channel, “AlAnonFamilyGroupHQ.” Located here are interviews with professionals in videos such as "Professional to professional" in which several discuss how they would diagnose family alcoholism, what treatment options are available and how a program of recovery, such as Al-Anon, can change lives for the better.
Also on Al-Anon's YouTube channel are videos such as “Al-Anon Speaks for Itself” in which Al-Anon members talk about why they joined Al-Anon and how their lives have since taken a change for the better. One man speaks of his first meeting and says, “I just listened to what everyone was saying and one of the sayings that came up very quickly, that people relied on, was: I did not cause alcoholism in my family, I can not control it, and I can not cure it.”
Many of Al-Anon’s television Public Service Announcements (PSAs) are also posted on the YouTube channel, such as “Harvey,” in which a man dealing with an alcoholic son finds understanding and support in Al-Anon. Al-Anon’s PSAs appear on television daily, throughout the country, and reflect the situations of people who are living with an alcoholic.
Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.’s YouTube channel provides an interactive platform to learn more about the Al-Anon program and its positive effects on members’ lives. Viewers can listen to others’ stories and comment on the videos they identify with the most.
To receive updates through your YouTube account page when Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. posts new videos, click “Subscribe” at the top of the “AlAnonFamilyGroupHQ” page.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reveals there are about 18 million people in the United States who are either dependent on alcohol, also known as “alcoholic,” or who abuse alcohol. Each of these 18 million people has an effect on the lives of at least four other people. This means there are approximately 72 million people in the United States who are affected by the damaging effects of someone else’s drinking.
There is help available in the meetings of Al-Anon Family Groups. It is here where members can share their stories, learn from each other’s similar experiences, and take steps towards a happier and more fulfilled life.
In Al-Anon meetings, members can be confident that what is said and who was there will not be discussed outside of meetings. Anonymity is one of the Al-Anon program’s basic principles.
Al-Anon Family Groups are for families and friends who have been affected by a loved one’s drinking. Nearly 16,000 local groups meet throughout the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico every week. Al-Anon Family Groups meet in more than 130 countries, and Al-Anon literature is available in more than 40 languages. Al-Anon Family Groups have been offering strength and support to families and friends of problem drinkers since 1951. Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. acts as the clearinghouse worldwide for inquiries from those who need help or want information about Al-Anon Family Groups and Alateen.
For more information about Al-Anon Family Groups, go to http://www.al-anon.alateen.org, or find a local meeting by calling toll-free: 1-888-4AL-ANON, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.