AA & Al-Anon
For those struggling with alcoholism, or dealing with a loved one addicted to alcohol, several Alcohol Anonymous groups can offer support. AA Meetings are labeled as either open or closed; open meetings can be attended by family members, but only alcoholics may attend closed meetings. Family and friends of an alcoholic in denial can request information from local AA groups about possibly attending, but the local Al-Anon group meets specifically to counsel those affected by a loved one’s addiction. Al-Anon gives family and friend’s information and tools on how to stop enabling the one they care for and prepare them for the difficulties this can bring.
Not bailing them out of jail, not giving them money to buy their substance; all the things that we don’t realize, are enabling them to continue on this course of self-destruction. AA Meetings are for the individuals who are seeking a community of support from others who are in the same shoes they are, sharing stories and progressing through the 12 Steps have proven very effective for many. A lot of individuals who attend AA meetings were most likely at one time, in a treatment facility. The dynamic of having gone through a treatment facility and paired with continued support in AA meetings has been a huge success for many. If you’re wondering what happens when you are at a treatment facility go to www.seabrook.org, this is where you can see why our facility has the success we do. It’s not just our word for it, it’s our patients.