Gift of Serenity
An Al-Anon Member's Personal Story
The loving interchange of help among members and daily reading of Al-Anon literature thus make us ready to receive the priceless gift of serenity.
-- Al-Anon Opening
Information for Families of Alcoholics
In my own experience of dealing with a family member's alcoholism I spent years trying to find answers and solutions without any success, until I found Al-Anon.
There are many different ways that love ones can enable an alcoholic, some of them are easily recognizable, but other can be very subtle and enigmatic.
Sometimes, while sincerely trying to help loved ones of alcoholics can inadvertently do things that help them continue along their destructive path.
Unfortunately, the family's suffering can go on for many years before the alcoholic makes a decision to seek treatment for his addiction.
It may seem like an alcoholic is simply making poor choices, but it gets to a point when drinking becomes a mental obsession and physical compulsion.
People who grew up in alcoholic homes share a long list of remarkably similar characteristics and personality traits. Can you identify with any of them?
Kids who regularly sit down with the family and have dinner are less likely to become involved in alcohol and drugs at an early age, and more likely to do well in school.
Research has found that the more parents are involved in their children's lives, especially in the pre-teen years, can play a big role in keeping them away from alcohol and drugs.
No, not everyone is doing it and it certainly doesn't make you look cool. Learn more facts about the myths associated with underage drinking.
Researchers have found that the earlier people begin drinking the more likely they will develop alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence problems later in adulthood.