Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend an Al-anon meeting with a family member. Alcoholism and substance abuse are equal opportunity diseases—they can impact families from all backgrounds. While I’ve recommended Al-anon to scores of my patients over the years, I had never actually attended a meeting myself.
Al-anon is a 12-step program, fashioned after Alcoholics Anonymous, that supports family members of alcoholics. Its goal--help participants find “peace and serenity” in the face of alcoholism and addiction. Family members can easily fall into co-dependency, where they... Read More