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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 relationship, overburdened 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 anger, our denial, and our feelings 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.


 

Al-Anon Worldwide Service

1-888-4AL-ANON (1-888-425-2666)

http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/

 

North Florida Area website

http://www.AFGArea9.org

 

What if I'm not ready to go to a meeting?

http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/what-if-im-not-ready