Connections between families, the Association for Addiction Professionals, and Al-Anon Family Groups

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Welcome to “First Steps to Al-Anon Recovery” from Al-Anon Family Groups.  This podcast will discuss a professional’s concern for families whose loved ones have a drinking problem, and for the professionals who treat them.

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy is the Executive Director of NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals.


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  1. georgia s. says:

    As I listened to this interview, I thought about how great it would have been if the professionals I sought help from had told/ referred me to Al-Anon. The doctor could only recommend antidepressants. A marriage counselor told me the term “alcoholic” had bad connotations and that I needed to accept my husband’s decision to continue drinking. A psychiatrist told me that my husband had deviant behavior. And my father referred to my husband as a “sociopath.”

    I am glad I trusted my instincts to go to Al-Anon. True, I went to save my marriage. But I knew I needed to get control of my temper and I thought everything would be better if my husband stopped drinking. I could really relate to the feeling of loneliness described in this interview. I thought it would never pass.

    This interview explains very clearly how important it is for the family members to recover and for the family dynamics and system to change–not just to help the alcoholic stay sober but for the family members’ well-being. It is very hard to learn to put my health and well-being first. It took a lot of Al-Anon meetings for me to redefine the word, selfish, as “taking care of myself.”

    I liked hearing how family members are empowered by Al-Anon and could “pass it (recovery) forward” to other family members still struggling with a loved one’s drinking or even when the alcoholic attains sobriety.

    I felt encouraged by this interview that more therapists and counselors in the field of addiction are aware of the importance of family recovery and Al-Anon. And I felt hope for the future generations.

    Thanks for posting the interview.

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