Al-Anon Family Group Case Study

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Al-Anon Family Group
Al-Anon is a support group for family members of those who are struggling with alcoholism and using the twelve-step model (Fisher & Harrison, 2013). It is a program designed for people who want to recover from the effects of someone else’s drinking. The sole purpose of Al-Anon is to help families of alcoholics. Members share their experiences with others and learn how to apply the principles of the twelve-step program to their specific situations. Members of Al-Anon learn that they are not alone and that they have choices which can lead to peace in their lives whether the alcoholic continues to drink or not.
I attended a meeting held at the University Presbyterian Church in El Paso, Texas. I immediately felt at home
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I was given more reading material and encouraged to come back. I was also given phone numbers of two of the members and was told that I could call anytime if I needed someone to talk to, even if it were the middle of the night. I found this group to be encouraging, caring, and genuinely concerned about its members. It is a safe place to express yourself and your feelings about your situation and by sharing the struggles that you have can not only help you, but can also help someone else at the same time. There are also advantages and disadvantages of Al-Anon. Al-Anon is another great support system for those who have been affected by another person’s drinking. They are composed of individuals who share a common problem and are willing to share their experiences, not only to help themselves but to help others as well. Members focus on their own goals and desires instead of someone else’s drinking problem. Anyone can attend and there is no cost associated with attendance and there are meetings held locally and internationally. The setting is informal and anonymous, so individuals can feel comfortable and safe in sharing their stories. Like Alcoholics Anonymous, one of the disadvantages of Al-Anon is the reference to spirituality and religion. This may prevent some individuals from even considering this type of support group even though Al-Anon clearly avoids discussion of specific religious beliefs

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