Virginia Beach, VA (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
In a new podcast from Al-Anon Family Groups, the president and CEO of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), Robert Lindsey, recommends Al-Anon Family Groups for families whose children have experienced drinking problems. Lindsey spoke on the occasion of the 27th Annual NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month.
Lindsey said, “Parents are really looking for help, advice, guidance, and direction. On this issue, alcohol clearly is the number one drug of choice among young people. In the media we hear all about all of the other drugs, prescription drugs, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana—absolutely critical in terms of concern. But for the great majority of young people, alcohol is the start point for their use.”
The theme for NCADD’s April Alcohol Awareness Month this year is “Help for today, hope for tomorrow.” Lindsey said, “As we all know, alcohol problems impact and affect virtually every single family in this country. Alcoholism is the number three preventable cause of death in this country. The media doesn’t talk about that enough. Our advice for parents is to get educated, get to Al-Anon, and learn what you can about this issue.”
Lindsey said, “I have enormous respect and appreciation for everything Al-Anon does day in and day out to provide help and support to families who are absolutely desperate for the kind of help and support that they get through Al-Anon. Through my years of working in this field, I have referred directly thousands of individuals—friends, families and others that have come to us seeking help. And I could not be more grateful for the support that they receive as a result.”
Al-Anon Family Groups are for friends and families 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., also known as the World Service Office, 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.Alateen.org, or read a copy of "Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2013." Find a local meeting by calling toll-free: 1-888-4AL-ANON, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.