Public Response to Al-Anon Podcast Expresses Pain and Anger About a Loved One’s Drinking

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Al-Anon Family Groups’ “First Steps to Al-Anon Recovery” podcasts offer families and friends of problem drinkers an opportunity to comment on topics of interest to people who have been affected by a loved one’s drinking. Visitors express pain and anger about their relationship with the drinker in their lives.

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A person deserves a life of happiness, of tranquility and joy–I’m getting none of those.

Al-Anon Family Groups’ “First Steps to Al-Anon Recovery” podcasts attract listeners who have been affected by someone else’s drinking. “A popular podcast this week,” according to Al-Anon Information Analyst Pamela Walters, “is entitled ‘How do you deal with unacceptable behavior?’ Not every visitor leaves a comment,” Walters said, “but comments typically express pain and anger about a loved one’s drinking.”

Linda is an anonymous podcast visitor who discovered her new husband drinks way too much to be a social drinker. She describes him as having up-and-down mood swings and drinking vodka before going to work. “Everybody thinks he’s just the sweetest, most gentle person around. Well, unfortunately they don’t live with him,” Linda said. “Last night he moved all his things downstairs and was moving out, then talking suicide. He called his family to say goodbye, that he was committing suicide, and that it was all my fault.”

In her podcast comment Linda said, “I deserve better in life, coming home to a quiet house with no issues of walking on eggshells, no worrying about what mood he is going to be in, no verbal abuse. I have a nursing career, but he belittles me on that also. A person deserves a life of happiness, of tranquility and joy–I’m getting none of those.”

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 al-anon.org and read a copy of Al-Anon’s annual public outreach magazine “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2015.” Find a local meeting by calling toll-free: 1-888-4AL-ANON.

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