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Friends, family feel alcoholism affects
You don’t have to drink to suffer from alcoholism, according to Al-Anon, a self-help recovery program founded in 1951 for families and close friends of alcoholics. Those closest to an alcoholic are deeply affected by the disease of alcoholism — emotionally, spiritually and physically.
Although the root of their problem is not always easy to pinpoint, people involved with alcoholics almost always feel that there is something about themselves that doesn’t seem quite right. That something might be a sense of sadness, an inability to concentrate, or an obsession with their problems that leaves little time for anything else.
In Al-Anon, members recover from the devastating effects of alcoholism by taking the focus off the problem drinker and placing it on themselves. That doesn’t mean they stop loving the alcoholic; it means they no longer allow themselves to be manipulated or hurt by someone else’s actions. Often, as they grow stronger and healthier, the alcoholics in their families also become willing to seek help.
Al-Anon, an international fellowship based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, is free and nonprofessional. There are no dues for membership. It is self-supporting through members’ own voluntary contributions.
Alateen is for those ages 12-20 whose lives have been affected by alcoholism in a family member or close friend. Its purpose is for young people to come together to share experience, strength and hope with each other and learn effective ways to cope with their problems. Every Alateen group has one or two adult members of Al-Anon to serve as sponsors.
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of both Al-Anon and Alateen. Religion is not discussed nor does either group become involved with any outside organizations. Their sole topic is the solution of their problems. The only membership requirement is that a relative or friend has a drinking problem.
Anorexia eating disorder occurs in people who are insecure and have a very negative body image. Eating disorder largely affects a person’s physical and mental health leading to medical complications. Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating order. People with the anorexia eating disorder are very conscious about their looks and fear weight gain. Therefore,….
When Diane O’Connor adopted four children she had been fostering, she knew she had challenges ahead of her. Her previous experiences with foster children at her home in Upstate Albany had proven such kids often suffered from a variety of emotional and behavioral problems. This was understandable, given the abuse and neglect they had endured….
You’ve probably heard all sorts of things about addiction treatment like it’s impossible, it’s painful, it doesn’t work, or it’s only effective if you have hit rock bottom. Because you’ve hear all of these things, you’re probably rather scared to seek help or you may not even think that it’s worth it—these are all common….
There are more than 800 over-the-counter cold and cough medications. It is a huge and profitable industry, with an excess of $2 billion spent each year nationwide. Because they are sold without a prescription, many people assume the medications are “safe.” These medications are associated with potentially serious side effects. Many products contain multiple substances….
For years, Ben had assumed all alcoholics were homeless men huddling below bridges inside cardboard boxes and nursing bottles out of paper bags like he saw in movies. But that was before Ben began college and came to know an alcoholic much more personally — himself. In less than one semester, Ben, who did not….