for Professionals About Al-Anon
If you are a professional,
your awareness and interest in our program is important to us. The World
Service Office's 1999 Membership Survey showed that 51% of Al-Anon members
and 22% of Alateen members have been referred by professionals.
you wondered how Al-Anon and Alateen works to help its members?
you wondered how these programs might interact with advice you may give
to your clients?
the literature listed below can help you understand how Al-Anon and
Alateen members have used the Al-Anon and Alateen programs to receive
help in recovering from the effects of alcoholism in their families
and friends. Al-Anon does not ally itself with any specific religion,
treatment program, or other method used to help families and friends
of alcoholics. Al-Anon has no opinion on any issue outside of its primary
purpose "to help families and friends of alcoholics." It has
no opinion concerning the efficacy of any other method used to help
family members recover from their obsession with someone else's drinking.
Al-Anon does not interfere with the help professionals may offer.
of Al-Anon members report that many members use professional treatment
along with their application of Al-Anon and Alateen principles.
Family Groups produces several pamphlets and books. The following selections
are those which may of particular assistance to professionals.
Alcoholism is a family disease. Living with the effects of someone else's
drinking is too devastating for most people to bear without help.
we learn individuals are not responsible for another person's disease
or recovery from it.
We let go
of our obsession with another's behavior and begin to lead happier and
more manageable lives, lives with dignity and rights; lives guided by
a Power greater than ourselves.
IN AL-ANON WE LEARN:
is neither kind nor unkind. It does not imply judgement or condemnation
of the person or situation from which we are detaching. It is simply
a means that allows us to separate ourselves from the adverse effects
that another person's alcoholism can have upon our lives.
Detachment helps families look at their situations realistically and
objectively, thereby making intelligent decisions possible.
a worldwide organization that offers a self-help recovery program for
the families and friends of alcoholics whether or not the alcoholic
seeks help or even recognizes the existence of a drinking problem. Members
give and receive comfort and understanding through a mutual exchange
of experiences, strength and hope. Sharing of similar problems binds
individuals and groups together in a bond that is protected by a policy
a religious organization or a counseling agency. It is not a treatment
center nor is it allied with any other organization offering such services.
Al-Anon Family Groups, which includes Alateen for teenage members, neither
express opinions on outside issues nor endorse outside enterprises.
No dues or fees are required. Membership is voluntary, requiring only
that one's own life has been adversely affected by someone else's drinking
Adapted from AL-ANON SPEAKS OUT a newsletter for professionals. Al-Anon
Family Group Headquarters, Inc., 1979. Copyright © Printed with
Approved by World Service Conference Al-Anon Family Groups Pamphlet
S-19 - Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Groups, Inc.