Virginia Beach, VA (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
Just as problem drinkers have a hard time admitting they need to get help, the friends and families of problem drinkers also have trouble realizing they need help. In a new podcast from Al Anon Family Groups, anonymous family members recall the sequence of events which led to the identification of the drinking problem in their family and brought them to their first Al-Anon meeting.
The podcast, “Family members worry,” appears under “First Steps to Al-Anon Recovery” at http://www.al-anon.alateen.org. Al-Anon Family Groups are for anyone who has been affected by someone else’s drinking.
One Al-Anon member, Deb, grew up with several drinkers, but it took her a while to realize that drinking had become a serious problem for them. When Deb became old enough to spend time in friends’ homes, she noticed her friends didn’t experience the same screaming, yelling, and fighting that always occurred in her home. Not until her son was old enough to go to college, however, did she feel so overwhelmed with fear for his safety that she found her way to Al-Anon Family Groups.
As a young girl, Mary feared that her mother would kill their whole family because, so many times, her mother would drink while driving. As an adult, after a New Year’s Eve party when it seemed like everyone in her life was drunk, Mary became depressed to the point of despair. An Al-Anon member reached out to her and invited her to attend a local Al-Anon Family Group.
Michelle’s experience differed from Mary’s and Deb’s in that she didn’t realize her disastrous relationship had anything to do with problem drinking. A friend suggested she try Al-Anon to see if the program could help her. Gradually, she became aware of how much her loved ones’ problem drinking had affected her entire life.
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.