Are You Ready For An Al-Anon Meeting
What are Al-Anon meetings and what goes on during one? First of all, Al-Anon is a Twelve Step program for those who are related to or who are friends of problem drinkers and alcoholics. If one has a loved one who is dependent on alcohol, you are most likely suffering from the alcoholic’s lifestyle and have a variety of emotional responses.
The main focus of Al-Anon meetings is how to deal with and recover from the impact of a relative or friend’s alcohol addiction. During these meetings, any concerns regarding a member’s relative or friend’s drinking are discussed, and the application of the Al-Anon principles are likewise addressed either through discussions as well as through Al-Anon literature. There are also meeting for teenagers at Alateen groups which focus on the impact on teens and how to cope with someone who drinks or goes back and forth with an alcohol problem
Al-Anon meetings are scheduled. They are usually listed per region or district, and online meeting schedules are dubbed as either “open” or “closed.” “Open” meetings are for those interested in Al-Anon, such as first-timers. “Closed” Al-Anon meetings are meant for Al-Anon members as well as individuals who have been able to identify that a relative or friend’s drinking has impacted them considerably. (A branch of Al-Anon known as Alateen meetings are closed to adults. This is so that younger family members can hold their own meetings along with one or two adult Alateen Group Sponsors who can stand by to offer counsel and guidance.)