For family and friends of problem drinkers
Many who come to Al-Anon/Alateen are in despair, feeling hopeless, unable to believe that things can ever change. We want our lives to be different, but nothing we have done has brought about change. We all come to Al-Anon because we want and need help.
In Al-Anon and Alateen, members share their own experience, strength, and hope with each other. You will meet others who share your feelings and frustrations, if not your exact situation. We come together to learn a better way of life, to find happiness whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.
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Problem drinking has affected millions of people. Al-Anon Family Groups offer comfort, hope and friendship to anyone troubled by another person’s drinking.
Our personal situations may be different, but we share as equals because of what we have in common: our lives have been affected by another person’s drinking. Al-Anon is a mutual support group.
We can find understanding and support when we share our common experience with each other. Some of us are here because a spouse or partner has struggled with alcoholism. For others, the problem drinker is a parent, child, or grandchild. Sometimes a brother, a sister, or some other friend or relative brings us to Al-Anon. Many of us have had more than one alcoholic family member or friend.
Alcoholism has similar effects on us all, even though our relationships to the alcoholic may be different. Many newcomers are most interested in hearing about situations and relationships that are similar to their own. Over time, however, we come to understand that we can benefit from hearing how the Al-Anon principles worked in many different circumstances.
SOME OF THE BASICS
WHAT DOES ANONYMOUS MEAN TO AL-ANON?
Al-Anon is an anonymous fellowship. Everything that is said in the group meeting or member-to-member must be held in confidence. Only in this way can we feel free to say what is in our minds and hearts.
Anyone may be a prospective member if they feel their lives have been or are being affected by alcohol abuse in a family member or friend.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF AL-ANON?
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.
Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization or institution: does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses not opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.
Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.
HOW DO I KNOW IF AN-ANON IS FOR ME?
1. Do you worry about how much someone drinks?
2. Do you have money problems because of someone else’s drinking?
3. Do you tell lies to cover up for someone else’s drinking?
4. Do you feel that if the drinker loved you, he/she would stop drinking to please you?
5. Do you think that the drinker’s behavior is caused by his/her companions?
6. Are routines frequently upset or meals delayed because of the drinker?
7. Do you make threats, such as, “If you don’t stop drinking, I’ll leave you”?
8. When you kiss the drinker to say hello, do you secretly try to smell his/her breath?
9. Are you afraid to upset someone for fear it will set off a drinking bout?
10. Have you been hurt or embarrassed by a drinker’s behavior?
11. Does it seem as if every holiday is spoiled because of drinking?
12. Have you considered calling the police for help in fear of abuse?
13. Do you find yourself searching for hidden liquor?
14. Do you often ride in a car with a driver who has been drinking?
15. Have you refused social invitations out of fear or anxiety?
16. Do you sometimes feel like a failure when you think of the lengths you have gone to control the drinker?
17. Do you ever threaten to hurt yourself to scare the drinker?
18. Do you feel angry, confused, depressed most of the time?
19. Do you feel there is no one who understands your problems?
20. Do you think that if the drinker stopped drinking, your other problems would be solved?
If you have answered yes to three or more of these questions, Al-Anon Family Groups may help.
NEW RIVER VALLEY MEETINGS
(A)…….…..AA Same time, same place
(O)……..….Open to the public
(C)….……..Closed meeting. For friends
and families of problem drinkers.
Blacksburg Steps to Serenity (C)
Contact: Alexa, 608-347-9927
Christiansburg Group (C,A)
SUNDAYS 6:00 PM
Christiansburg Presbyterian Church
Youth Building (behind church)
Corner of College and Hickok Streets
Tuesdays 7:00 PM
United Methodist Church
111 Church Street (corner of Lee St.)
Blacksburg, VA 24060
*Zoom option available
Enter rear door near playground, turn left, upstairs to Room 202-203
Blacksburg AA Daily at 7:30 PM (O) 213 Roanoke St., behind Jewish Community Ctr.
Pilot Opening Our Hearts Grieving our Losses AFG
Mondays 4pm STARTING SEPT 13, 2021
Presbyterian Church of Floyd
169 Newtown Rd NE, Floyd, VA, 24091, USA
Al-Anon Family Groups 1-888-4Alanon
AA 24-hour Phone line 877-678-2282
Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.
1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617
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