Do you know someone who drinks too much? If the person is a member of your family, you know the heartache it can cause. No matter how hard we try, it seems that nothing we do can end their obsession with the bottle (and/or drugs). Our own health begins to suffer, and often our wallets feel the pain, too.
Al-Anon offers confidential, no-cost support, open to everyone. At local weekly meetings, others share what they're doing to bring peace back into their own lives.
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) offers local meetings for those who have drinking problems, and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) has meetings for those dealing with drug issues. Details can be found online. These resources can help improve their lives.
But we can't make anyone get sober until they're ready.
So what can we do? The substance abuse harms them, and it also harms their family and friends. Finances, physical and emotional health all suffer, not just for the drinker, but for the whole family. Even children are affected by the problems that often result in frequent anger outbursts. Al-Anon is there for those affected by someone else's drinking.
Al-Anon meetings are occurring at many times of day and evening in towns around our area (without dues or fees). All ages are welcome. Local Alateen meetings can be set up for students, too, face to face, by phone or online.
Check the calendar section of this paper, call 815-864-2180, and/or explore details online at www.al-anon.org, or enter your ZIP code at niafg.org for weekly local meeting details.
It's worth an hour of your time to see whether Al-Anon/Alateen can help restore your happiness. Like AA & NA, your anonymity is respected, and your attendance remains confidential.