Al-Anon Offers a Safety Net for Families Affected by a Loved One’s Drinking

The Executive Director of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Counselors, identifies family recovery as one of the most important factors in successful treatment for alcoholism.

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Strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers

Al-Anon Family Groups

When you go to Al-Anon, you begin to learn some of the skills and some of the ways of approaching family members that are healthier, and you get the support that you need.

Virginia Beach, VA (PRWEB) June 24, 2014

In a new podcast from Al-Anon Family Groups, Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, Executive Director of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, identifies family recovery as one of the most important factors in successful treatment for alcoholism. In the interview, Moreno Tuohy expresses her concern for families who have been affected by a loved one’s drinking, and for the professionals who treat them.

The National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors (NAADAC) is known as the Association for Addiction Professionals. “Family recovery is one of the most important things today in the successful treatment of individuals who have a drinking problem,” Moreno Tuohy said. “The family is the support system that either is going to get healthier and help build a safety net, or the family is going to continue in patterns that are not so helpful to themselves, as well as to the person who is addicted.”

Moreno Tuohy said, “When you go to Al-Anon, you begin to learn some of the skills and some of the ways of approaching family members that are healthier, and you get the support that you need.” Moreno Tuohy explained, “Not only is the addictive disorder, alcohol or drug addiction, genetic—but we also know today that recovery is cellular. If individuals get recovery, they pass that on to their family members. The possibility for recovery from trauma, recovery from negative patterns—all of that begins to change in the family system. And that’s what we want to see.”

Moreno Tuohy recommends that counselors and therapists send their clients’ family members to local Al-Anon meetings. “For many people, Al-Anon is the first stop. Every family member needs to feel included in recovery. Every family member needs to feel that they have support because it’s a lonely task sometimes when you’re by yourself.”

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, its program for teenage members.

For more information about Al-Anon Family Groups, go to http://www.al-anon.alateen.org and read a copy of “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2014.” Find a local meeting by calling toll-free: 1-888-4AL-ANON.