Al Anon

Has anyone been to al anon? What happens there and did you like it? What was good or bad about it? Would you recommend it?

That may help!
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It’s a wonderful organization for helping educate people on how to live with the alcoholic in their lives. They teach you the do’s and don’ts on how to love someone whose primary love affair seems to be with alcohol. It also helps family members put their focus back on themselves.

The downside, in my experience, is that folks who stay in alanon for years and years sometimes find themselves stuck in a “victim” mentality. As with all support groups, if you haven’t outgrown them at some point, then they are not doing their job!

So do they all just share personal stories? Or do they just say Do this…Don’t do that…etc.?

It’s a mix of personal stories and don’t do this and do that.

I went to one meeting. It was OK, a little awkward. It does feel good to finally talk open about problems like alcoholism in a loved one, especially if you have been keeping your worries to yourself for a long time. I haven’t continued to go though because the alcoholic is no longer in my life (I divorced him) and alcoholism really wasn’t the biggest issue effecting my life, domestic violence was. One thing about Al-Anon, they only allow you to be there for support on alcoholism. Their structure does not allow for support on DV, mental illness, or any other addiction.

I have heard from other people though that not all Al-Anon groups are the same. If you go to one and it doesn’t seem right, try another one.

Twelve step groups do not give advice exactly. When you find a sponsor, he or she may be able to share personal experiences that will help you make good, healthy decisions. But in general, it’s through the sharing of personal stories that one gathers information about how best to handle their particular situations.

And to echo another poster, you do sometimes have to “shop around” to find a good group that fits you.

yep and many of them use the book “courage to change” to help lead the discussions

You might want to check out Celebrate Recovery
For a location near you
Just like Al-anon not all CR groups are the same, most are at protestant churchs, but most are open to people of all faiths and concentrate on recovery not converting. I attend one that many faithful Catholics also attend.

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Areas of recovery - small groups focus - gender specific
Abuse - Twelve Steps for Abused Women
ACA - Adult Children of Chemically Addicted
Men’s groups and women’s groups
Anger - Men / Anger - Women
Chemically Dependent Men’s groups and women’s groups
Codependent Men’s groups and women’s groups
Codependent Women
Codependent Women in a Relationship with Sexually Addicted Men
Eating Disorders Women’s group
Food Addiction - Women
Love & Relationship Addiction Women’s group
Sexual Addiction - Men
Sexual Addiction - Women
Sexual/Physical/Emotional Abuse Women’s group

One thing I don’t like about Alanon is that it seems pro-divorce. Have others found that or is that just the groups around me?

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I attended Alanon for a while, and endorse it wholeheartedly.

Yes, meetings can vary. To start, you could find a 12 step meeting because it should be based on its foundation, which are the same 12 steps of AA.

Alanon starts with a belief in God (though they call God “Higher Power”), and accepting we are not God. It is widely thought that the 12 steps are based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, and the theological and moral roots are really obvious. If you find a meeting that sticks to the tradition, you will probably be comfortable there.

Alanon is for anyone affected by someone else’s alcoholism in any way.

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