Social distancing and Al-Anon meetings

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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.

For more information about online or telephonic meetings and times, please visit or log on to (then see tab:  Find a Meeting).  You can also call 888 4AL-Anon (888-425-2666).