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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.
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More than 23.5 million people in the United States have had a problem with drugs or alcohol. Seven percent of those people are women. The United States has tens of thousands of facilities that are equipped to take care of the treatment needs of these women. When so many facilities are open and available to….
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The patient sat with his eyes closed, submerged in the rhythm of his own breathing, and after a while noticed that he was thinking about his troubled relationship with his father. “I was able to be there, present for the pain,” he said, when the meditation session ended. “To just let it be what it….
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