When you attend an Al-Anon meeting, you'll find unconditional acceptance and understanding. This is something you might be missing in your everyday life. The people there all know what you're going through. They know the road is rough for you right now, and they want to offer you support. That's something that you truly need during this time.
Many people don't realize how much help is available for families of drug and alcohol addicts. These addictions have the power to steal so much from you. They zap your energy, and they make it hard for you to even face another day. You'll find a tremendous amount of support through organizations like:
Let's talk about each of these individually.
For families with addicted loved ones, life is often very lonely. They need an outlet, and they need others to share their experiences with. This is what they find at Alanon.
Al Anon meetings are designed to provide families with the support they need. It is not a place to criticize or judge anyone for what they're going through. Instead it is an atmosphere of unconditional hope and love. Alanon members meet together on a regular basis to share their stories with one another. There are so many lessons to be learned from dealing with a loved one's addiction. This is the perfect place to learn them.
ACoA stands for Adult Children of Alcoholics. This is an organization that focuses on helping adults who grew up in dysfunctional homes. ACoA focuses on working through the 12 Step program of recovery. This includes working through trauma, which is something that often plagues members.
Through ACoA, many people have found a healing they never thought was possible. Their website is filled with some great resources for anyone who could benefit. They have meetings that are held regularly all over the country.
If you're interested in finding an ACoA meeting near you, their meeting directory can help.
Alateen is a part of Al-Anon. Their goal is to provide special support to teenagers and sometimes children of addicts.
Quite often, young people don't feel comfortable sharing amongst adults about their experiences. They may feel too timid, or they might worry that their concerns won't be taken seriously. Alanon is very sensitive to this, which is why Alateen was born.
When children or teens come to Alateen, they're met with a warm and welcoming environment. They're given the chance to speak among their peers, which helps them to cope with their challenges. Alateen has done exceptional work in the lives of children all over the United States.
For those who have attended Al-Anon meetings, they have so many good things to say.
Cindy says, "I grew up in a home where alcoholism was the norm. I guess it makes sense that I ended up being married to an alcoholic. I really thought I could change him after got together. Of course, that didn't work. The love and acceptance I found at Alanon has given me a new perspective on life. It's made me change how I look at things at home. I'm able to cope, and I feel more at peace than ever before."
Susan says, "When I started going to Al-Anon meetings, I felt like I was at the end of my rope. I was so tired of the excuses behind my loved one's addiction. I found that I really didn't understand what she was going through at all. Al-Anon helped me to gain a new understanding. My listening to others tell their stories, I found a lot of hope for the future."
Jack says, "My wife has struggled with drug addiction for as long as I can remember. She hid it from me for the first few months of our marriage. When I found out I was devastated. I didn't know what to do, and she wouldn't agree to get help. Going to an Alanon meeting really helped me to see things differently. It helps to have support from others who are going through the same things. I'm so glad I decided to go, and I don't know where I'd be today without Alanon."
There is an Alanon meeting directory that can assist you with finding an Alanon meeting in the State of Washington. This tool will help you locate one that is close to where you live or work.
Like many people, you may be wondering, where can I find Alanon meetings in my area? We want to help as much as we can. We've offered you a list of some of the meetings that may be located near you.
This meeting is located on the 1st floor of room 122. It is open to both professionals and students. Seattle University is very gracious to offer the space for this important meeting.
The Fauntleroy Church offers space for an Alanon meeting every week at their facility. This location is handicap accessible. They also offer childcare for those who need it.
The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kirkland in WA State offers this Alanon meeting to those in need. It is handicap accessible, and childcare is available. This is the perfect place for those who are new to Alanon.
The Lake Washington United Methodist Church offers this Alanon meeting to people who need support it is held in the minister's room. This location is handicap accessible.
This Al Anon meeting is held in the small chapel at Unity Church. It is open to all students and professionals. It is also handicap accessible.
Gonzaga University offers this Alanon meeting for both students and the general community. It is held in the college hall, room 134. The location is handicap accessible.
This Washington State Alanon meeting is held in the educational wing 12. Holy Trinity Catholic Church is handicap accessible. All professionals and students are welcome to attend.
This WA State Al-Anon meeting is held at First Christian Church of Bremerton - Disciples of Christ. It is open to all students and professionals. It is also handicap accessible.
St. Andrews Church is kind enough to open their doors for this Alanon meeting. IT is open to all professionals and students. They also hold Alateen meetings at the same location. It is handicap accessible.
The Alano Club of Eastside in Bellevue in the State of WA offers this Alanon meeting to students and professionals. The meeting location is handicap accessible. Anyone is welcome to come and get support.
For teens and older children of addicts, finding an Alateen meeting for them to attend is important. The following are just some of them that are available in the State of Washington:
Meetings are held downstairs, for ages 9-20.
These WA Alateen meetings are held in the Panther Den at Poulsbo Middle School. Enter at the west end of the building. Children and teens between the ages of 11 and 15 are welcome to attend.
This Alateen meeting is held downstairs at Poulsbo Public Library. It is for ages 13-18.
This Washington Alateen meeting is located at the First Congregational Church. The facility is handicap accessible. Ages 11 to 19 are welcome to attend.
This Washington State Alateen meeting is for ages 12 to 19 at Lake City Presbyterian Church.
This Alateen meeting is held at Queen Anne Lutheran Church for those between the ages of 12 and 20.
This Alateen meeting is held weekly. It is in the first office on the right as you enter college hall. It is a handicap accessible location. Ages 11 to 19 are welcome.
This meeting is held in room 3 of First Lutheran Church. It is designed for those between the ages of 12 and 16.
Please note that Alateens are more than welcome to attend an Al-Anon meeting location at any time. Perhaps you're looking for an Alateen meeting, but don't find your location listed above. Please visit the Alateen meeting locator to access additional locations in Washington.
Sometimes it's not possible to get out to attend Al-Anon meetings. If that's the case for you, you'll be happy to know you can find Alanon online too. The following are just some of the options available to you.
Teens often feel much more comfortable sharing with others through chat meetings. This Alateen chat meeting is available for teens that need an outlet to talk with others.
Chances are that you've tried to talk with your loved one about getting addiction treatment. Whether he or she needs alcohol rehab or drug rehab, you know something needs to change. Unfortunately, it's common for addicts to not listen to their concerned loved ones. This can leave you feeling worried, hopeless and lost.
Many people with addictions end up agreeing to drug treatment or alcohol treatment afterwards. Because of this, they have been successful for so many people. It might work well for you too.
At Northpoint Evergreen Bellevue, we understand how difficult this time is for you. Want to help you in any way that we can. We can provide you with additional resources and help for this critical time in your family's life. If your loved one is ready for treatment, our IOP program might be the perfect solution.
Do you have additional questions about Al-Anon meetings in WA State? Are you interested in learning more about alcohol treatment or drug treatment? Please contact us to learn how we can assist you.