How can I help the problem drinker in my life quit drinking?
Unfortunately, there is no magic formula that enables you to help someone stop—or cut back—on his or her drinking. Alcoholism is a complex problem, with many related issues. But Al-Anon can help you learn how to cope with the challenges of someone else’s drinking.
Changing your behavior may facilitate changes in the behavior of those around you. Certainly there are unique challenges presented to you by the problem drinkers in your life. It may be possible for you to find a healthier way to respond to these challenges. Again, there are no easy answers. Al-Anon meetings offer the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others who have faced similar problems.
Al-Anon simplifies a complex problem by suggesting a “One Day at a Time” approach. Al-Anon will give you the tools and the friendship to discover that no situation is hopeless and that it is possible to find contentment, and even happiness in your life through the Al-Anon program..
At every Al-Anon meeting, you can hear people explain how Al-Anon worked for them. That may be the best place to start to learn about Al-Anon—One Day at a Time.
Al-Anon members come to understand problem drinking as a family illness that affects everyone in the family. By listening to Al-Anon members speak at Al-Anon meetings, you can hear how they came to understand their own role in this family illness. This insight put them in a better position to play a positive role in the family’s future. The experience, strength and hope of Al-Anon memberscan guide you to serenity in your life.
Research shows that when problem drinkers enter a recovery program, their chances for success are improved when they are supported by family members who are in a family recovery program such as Al-Anon.