Letter to the Editor
Does someone you know drink too much?
This happened to me, in my family, too. I tried everything to control their obsession with the bottle (and/or drugs) and eventually it led to lots of problems in my own life. Nothing seems to solve the crises that swirl around addiction.
I found help by attending Al-Anon meetings; confidential, no cost and open to everyone. People share what they’re doing to bring peace back into their lives and I learn from them. I cannot control anyone else, but I can take back my own choices.
Watching someone you love who’s slowing killing themselves by drinking too much is painful. Yes, the substance abuse harms them, and it harms us too. Finances, physical and emotional health all suffer, not just for the drinker, but for the whole family. Even children are affected by the problems that often result in frequent anger outbursts.
Meetings are occurring at many times of day and evening in towns around our area. All ages are welcome.
Local Alateen meetings can be set up for students, too, face to face, by phone or online. Check the calendar section of RiverReader.org, call 815-864-2180 and explore details online at www.al-anon.org, or enter your zip code at niafg.org for local meeting details.
Join us to see if Al-Anon/Alateen can restore your happiness too. We don’t tell anyone who attends. Like AA (which is for the alcoholic), we respect your anonymity and keep your attendance confidential.
Carroll County, Illinois