We are here for you.
Alcoholism is a family disease. The disease affects all those who have a relationship with a problem drinker. Those of us closest to the alcoholic suffer the most, and those who care the most can easily get caught up in the behavior of another person. We react to the alcoholic’s behavior. We focus on them, what they do, where they are, how much they drink. We try to control their drinking for them. We take on the blame, guilt, and shame that really belong to the drinker. We can become as addicted to the alcoholic, as the alcoholic is to alcohol. We, too, can become ill. In Al-anon, we learn to find peace and serenity in our daily lives whether our loved-one is drinking or not.
Although the primary purpose of Al-Anon is to support the families and friends of alcoholics, we welcome all those affected by the disease of addiction. If you are looking support group for those affected by a loved one's drug addiction, you can find out more on the Nar-Anon website, Nar-Anon.org.
Who we are.
Al-Anon members are people just like you and me–people who have been affected by someone else’s drinking or addiction. They are parents, children, spouses, partners, brothers, sisters, other family members, friends, employers, employees, and coworkers of alcoholics and/or addicts. We also welcome those in recovery who seek to learn how to live with the alcoholics and addicts in their lives. No matter what our specific experience has been we share a common bond: we feel our lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.
What to expect.
The following are guidelines for newcomers as they attend their first meetings:
If you are looking for additional information regarding the Al-Anon Family Groups, please visit the National Website where you will find more answers.
Find a Meeting
There is an Al-Anon meeting available somewhere in NELA almost every day of the week. Search for a meeting by day of the week.
Within NELA, Al-Anon meetings are available in Ruston. West Monroe, Monroe, and Columbia. You can also use the interactive map to find meeting locations.
Find meetings that are on-line or in person.
While many groups sell and distribute literature, you can also purchase any materials from the Al-Anon Online Store.
Literature often used in meetings and in recovery:
Daily Readers: One Day at a Time, Courage to Change, Hope for Today
Step Study: Paths to Recovery, Reaching for Personal Freedom, Blueprint for Progress
In-Depth: Survival to Recovery, Discovering Choices, How Al-Anon Works for Families & Friends of Alcoholics