Hope and help for families and friends of alcoholics whose lives have been and/or are being
negatively impacted by the alcohol abuse or addiction of others.
- Al-Anon Meetings (friends & family of Alcoholics)
- Alateen Meetings (specifically for teen age children of Alcoholics)
How do alcoholics affect families and friends? Alcoholism is a family disease. The disease affects all those who have a relationship with a problem drinker. Those of us closest to the alcoholic suffer the most, and those who care the most can easily get caught up in the behavior of another person. We react to the alcoholic's behavior. We focus on them, what they do, where they are, how much they drink. We try to control their drinking for them. We take on the blame, guilt, and shame that really belong to the drinker. We can become as addicted to the alcoholic, as the alcoholic is to alcohol. We, too, can become ill.
» Learn More at the Worldwide Al-Anon/Alateen website