I think every professional working in the field of substance abuse, mental health, or behavioral health could benefit from having Al-Anon in their referral network.
Virginia Beach, VA (PRWEB) August 21, 2013
"Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2014" offers support and an end to loneliness for families and friends of problem drinkers. The annual publication from Al-Anon Family Groups is available on magazine racks and coffee tables in professional offices throughout the U.S. and Canada beginning this month. The complimentary publication, often containing a meeting schedule, is provided by local Al-Anon Family Groups. A complete on-line edition of the publication is available right now at http://www.al-anon.alateen.org in English, Spanish, or French.
Personal stories from anonymous Al-Anon members explain what it is like living with an alcoholic before and after finding support in Al-Anon. The mother of a 20-year-old son writes, “I thought I could be happy only if my son would stop the drinking.” A young lady recalls memories of holding her breath when her father came home from work, bracing herself for his alcoholic rages and criticism.
Professional articles describe some of the symptoms that can lead to referrals for employees and clients to Al-Anon. An HR professional, Barbara Leach from Virginia, relates counseling an employee to overcome poor work performance by recommending attendance at an Al-Anon meeting. That one meeting led to more meetings and brought a return to calmness in the employee’s personal life, bringing the employee back on track at work.
A therapist from Colorado, Valerie Montgomery, refers clients to Al-Anon Family Groups. She also recommends Al-Anon to colleagues who consult with her about their clients. Montgomery says, “I think every professional working in the field of substance abuse, mental health, or behavioral health could benefit from having Al-Anon in their referral network.”
Al-Anon Family Groups are for families and friends who have been affected by the problem drinking of someone close to them. Nearly 16,000 local groups meet every week throughout the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. 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 alcoholics 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, its program for teenage members.