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Alcoholics Anonymous is the oldest and most famous 12-Step program, and it has helped millions of addicts and alcoholics recover. And its related family programs, Al-anon and Alateen, are almost as old. And just as helpful.
Addiction is a family disease. “If only he/she would stop drinking/using,” we often think, “everything would be fine.” But just as a family member’s drinking or using affects us, so does their recovery. Family programs like Al-anon and Alateen can help us learn ways to recover from the effects of someone else’s addiction, and help us contribute to their recovery.
From the Al-Anon website: Questions Newcomers Ask
From the Al-Anon website: Alateen: Questions Teens Ask
The Al-Anon website has a number of helpful tools to introduce family twelve-step programs:
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