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Al-Anon – What is it? Who is invited?

January 19, 2019

Al-Anon is not Alcoholics Anonymous.

It is a program and support group for family and friends of alcoholics, and we protect your anonymity. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions.

Alcoholism/addiction is a disease.

In Al-Anon, we learn to address our needs, our behaviors, and our choices in relationship to our loved ones and their disease.

This program began in the kitchen of Lois W., with the wives of alcoholics. While their husbands, were meeting in the living room with Bill W. (Lois’s husband), the wives gathered in the kitchen for coffee and conversation. Eventually they realized their need for support and change. The Al-Anon program grew from this awareness and realization. It has spread throughout the United States, as well as worldwide.

Each Al-Anon Family Group has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of AA ourselves, by encouraging and understanding our alcoholic relatives, and by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics. We, too, are a 12-step program of our own recovery and our own return to sanity.

“Progress begins when we stop trying to control the uncontrollable and when we go on to correct what we have the right to change.”

From One Day at a Time – March 26 We welcome you into our program and to visit a meeting. We realize the trepidation of entering our doors for the first time. Each of us went to a “first” meeting, also. Bring a friend if you like. We invite you to experience, with us, the opportunity to grow and to experience the awareness that the program can provide. We have various meetings at noon and in the evenings at different locations.

Below, is a schedule of the current meetings, and you may also find the local Al-Anon meetings listed in the community calendar section of the Idaho State Journal. We urge all counselors, pastors, and social workers to investigate the recovery in the Al-Anon programs and recommend it for those clients, or their family members, who may benefit. If you have any questions you may call the hotline at 208-232-2692.

Monday – Noon at the Mandarin Restaurant, 675 Yellowstone 7 p.m. at the Chubbuck Methodist Church, 5147 Whitaker Road

Tuesday – 5:30 p.m. at the Friendship Club Library 745 South 1st Ave 7:00 p.m. at the Friendship Club Library 745 South 1st Ave

Wednesday - Noon at Mental Health Specialists, 210 W. Burnside, Suite A

Thursday – 6 p.m. at Hope and Recovery, 210 East Center Suite D (back door)

Friday – Noon at Family Alliance Services, 355 South Arthur (door furthest east)

Sunday – 7 p.m. in Blackfoot at Western Real Estate, 1179 Parkway Dr.- Suite

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