The worst thing is watching someone drown and not being able to convince them that they can save themselves by just standing up. –Al-Anon
One of the hardest challenges to endure is to watch someone you love spiral downwards because of an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Quite often, family members feel as though there’s really nothing they can do to help the ones they love. As a result, they end up pleading with them to stop using, and never getting any help for themselves.
Fortunately, there is a way for you to get the support you need as you go through this difficult time. Alanon is an option you should consider, and this organization has been instrumental in the lives of so many people. They can definitely help you too.
Al-Anon is an organization that was created as a way to help those who were struggling because of their loved ones’ addictions. It’s really hard to cope when someone you care about is an addict, even when they’ve agreed to get treatment. You’ll find that when you go to Al Anon, 12 Steps are discussed, and you’ll have the chance to share about how you feel and your experiences as the family member of someone with an addiction.
There are a few Al-Anon family groups located in the Spokane Valley area that you can choose from. These include:
Into Action AFG
Sundays at 7:30pm
13009 E. Broadway Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA
Hopeful Solutions AFG
Tuesdays at 10am
3223 N. Marguerite Rd.
Spokane Valley, WA
Alateen family groups are available for teenagers and children who need support because of a loved one’s addiction. These groups are specifically targeted for younger people, who may feel more comfortable sharing in a group of their peers, rather in a group that has a lot of adults in it.
If you’re interested in Alateen meetings, you can find one at:
Tuesdays at 7:30pm
502 E. Boone Ave.
Not everyone is able to go out to in-person meetings, and this is understandable. You may be someone who needs to find other ways to get support, and so, you turn to the Internet as a way to find the information you’re looking for. You can easily access Al-Anon online, which many people find to be more convenient, or a great way to get help in addition to local Alanon meetings. There are many different methods, as well.
You can choose to go to bulletin board meetings at:
You can choose email meetings with any of the following organizations:
You can also visit Al-Anon Readings on Facebook, or by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, there is a Skype meeting available on Sundays at 7pm CET which can be accessed at email@example.com.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go to an Al Anon meeting to get information about how to help someone you love with an addiction. There are so many great Al-Anon books and pieces of Al Anon literature that are available to help you. If you’re more interested in trying out Al-Anon phone meetings as a way to get support, those are also available to you as well.
More than anything, you’re going to find that Allanon is such a great way to connect with others when you’re struggling because of a loved one’s addiction. Use this resource and get the help you need to cope with this challenging time in your life. You’ll find that it is so rewarding to meet others who are so much like you, and who can all understand the challenges you’re facing with your family member.
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