Alcoholism affects as many as one in four people who live in our community. Al-Anon is a free program for friends and families of alcoholics who suffer from the impact of a loved one’s drinking. These groups are run by members who have been affected by someone else’s drinking and who have been on their own journey of recovery.
At a time when we are all being told to socially isolate, those of us who count on Al-Anon meetings for a lifeline will likely to feel adrift. Al-Anon Family Groups are an important source of help and hope for anyone affected by someone else’s drinking. Even if the alcoholic continues to drink, one can achieve serenity as a result of Al-Anon. The importance of staying connected is vital to most of us. What to do when the social distancing restrictions keep us from physically connecting?
Al-Anon’s World Service Organization is aware that most groups have had to suspend face-to-face meetings due to COVID-19. Alternatives to local meetings are electronic meetings, both online and phone meetings.
Know that confidentiality and anonymity are central to all group meetings.