Short Movie: Al-Anon Speaks for Itself

Watch a four (4) part video in which Al-Anon/Alateen members, a wife, father, husband, and daughter describe what it is like to love someone who has a drinking problem and how Al-Anon has helped them.

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Four Videos
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4


Help and Hope

We who have turned to Al-Anon have often done so in despair, unable to believe in the possibility of change and unable to go on as we have before. We feel cheated out of a loving companion, over-burdened with responsibilities, unwanted, unloved, and alone. There are even those of us who are arrogant, smug, self-righteous, and dominating. We come to Al-Anon , however, because we want and need help.

While we may have been driven to Al-Anon by the effects of someone else's drinking, we soon come to know that our own thinking has to change before we can make a new and successful approach to living. It is in Al-Anon that we learn to deal with our obsession, our anxiety, our denial, and our feeling of guilt. It is through the fellowship that we ease our emotional burdens by sharing our experience, strength, and hope with others. Little by little, we come to realize at our meetings that much of our discomfort comes from our attitudes. We begin to change these attitudes and learn about our responsibilities to ourselves. We discover feelings of self-worth and love, and we grow spiritually. The emphasis begins to be lifted from the alcoholic and placed where we do have some power-over our own lives.*

*Understanding Ourselves and Alcoholism (p-48), Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.,Virginia, 1979,2003.

                                                                "One Day At a Time"