Living in an alcoholic home causes many problems for the family. To deal with the chaotic behavior of the alcoholic and situations that arise because of the alcoholism, family members develop unhealthy behaviors and habits. The addiction professionals that participated in this panel interview discuss how a recovery program, like Al-Anon and Alateen, can help families recognize these unhealthy behavior patterns and replace them with better ones, regardless of whether the alcoholic trying to achieve or is maintaining sobriety or presently involved in the lives of the family.
Al-Anon Family Groups, which includes Alateen for teenagers, provide support to anyone affected by someone else’s problem drinking. *Ninety-three percent of members report that their lives have been very positively affected by Al-Anon Family Groups and forty-two percent that receive professional services and attend Al-Anon feel that since coming to Al-Anon, they have seen an improvement in their treatment, counseling, or therapy.
*2018 Al‑Anon Family Group Membership Survey
This professional panel interview was recorded at the Al‑Anon International Convention 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. The professionals interviewed were:
Nancy Duff‑Boehm, PH.D., Clinical Psychologist, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Mintie Grienke, M.ED., Counselor/Psychotherapist, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Ann McGreevy, MA, Supervisor of Psychological Studies at FCPS, Frederick, Maryland, USA
Hugh A. King Jr., MD, Psychiatrist, Mandeville, Louisiana, USA