Faith Middleton Show: The Power Of Al-Anon
For many years on this show, we've featured the stories of alcoholics who had found the courage to stay sober, one day at a time, by going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. These recovering alcoholics we met and those who phoned in, were from all walks of life. They had all hit bottom; lost so much, even families; and began attending AA meetings. Coming again and again to hear the stories of others who'd been there, inch by inch, they began to identify - to accept that they were alcoholics and how to live again without picking up a drink.
But what are the stories of the families and friends of alcoholics? When is the moment that you are able to say that someone you love has gone from social drinking to something much more dangerous? Where do you find the courage to confront someone you think has a problem? And how do you do it? What if he or she won't stop drinking, or tries and fails?
We talk about it all with three Connecticut members of Al-Anon. In the way that AA is for alcoholics, Al-Anon is a worldwide organization - there are many chapters in our broadcast region that offer help and mutual support for the families and friends of someone with a drinking problem. Al-Anon offers this support whether or not the problem drinker seeks help or even realizes there is a problem.
Al-Anon is not affiliated with any religious denomination, sect , organization, political group or institution. Its members are asked not to engage in controversy or endorse or oppose any cause. There are no dues - it's self-supporting through its own voluntary contributors.