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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3 comments on “Connections between families, the Association for Addiction Professionals, and Al-Anon Family Groups”

  1. Carol says:

    Many thanks for posting this interview.

    I have been able to pass on the experience, strength, and hope of Al-Anon to family members, friends, and in my employment, where I have come across distorted advice from medics and other health professionals who try to get the problem drinker to cut down rather than abstain. I find this incredible, but do follow Al-Anon teaching in keeping our meetings non professional.

    My family of origin is badly affected by alcoholism and sadly only a couple are in recovery. I continue to hope that one day they will seek out to change what they can.

  2. dave b says:

    My father has dementia induced from his alcoholism. I am angry because his doctor never asked him about his drinking and my father never offered the information. He just kept on drinking and became more senile.

    Would a doctor’s probing question about my father’s drinking have made a difference? I’ll never know. Alcoholics do what alcoholics do. What I do know is that the bottle took my father as a hostage medically and mentally. Physically, he fell apart and mentally, he became a child. Now, it is too late. My father is in a nursing home because he needs constant supervision and care.

    I know it is water over the dam. But it seems like such a simple question that my father’s doctor could ask: “How much and how often do you drink?” But that is my father’s story.

    My story is that I went to therapy and my therapist referred me to Al-Anon. What a difference. It saved my life. It is information like this interview that help more professionals and adult children like me learn about Al-Anon and how it helps. The effects of my father’s drinking on me and my family won’t go away even though he no longer lives with my mother or even when he dies. I can’t change that for my mother or my brothers. But I can change my life script for me.

    I found myself being my father’s caretaker. So, I went to therapy.

  3. 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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