What Are Two Support Groups for Families Coping with Alcholism

Learn the benefits of getting help needed through support groups for families coping wioth alcholism. Growing up in a home where family members are alcoholic, or having a significant other, child or even a friend who is an alcoholic could be tough. People with alcohol addiction can become a problem in a family and may unknowingly cause mental harm. Some may even act out in a rage filled with addiction, which not only causes physical harm to people but also leaves a mental scar.

Such mental effects can last, especially if you have suffered this for a long time. To go back to a healthy life or even experience it for the first time, you should seek help from a professional support group. Here, we talk about two of the most prominent support groups available to help the families of alcoholics.


Adult Children of Alcoholics


AI-Anon is also known as the AI-Anon family group. It is a program that focuses on the families of alcoholics to reduce their mental scars and to give them moral supports. Remember that the support group isn’t there to stop your loved ones from drinking. But if your loved ones are an alcoholic, you can meet other people with the same experience, share your stories with each other, and get together. Thus, friends, children, wives, or parents of alcoholics can make a bond for mutual motivation.


The program is not only a support for spouses of alcoholics, but it is also a children, friends, and parents of alcoholic support group. It wants to make them understand that they are not alone and others are also going through similar experiences. The group is open to anyone close to the alcoholics and any gender, including LGBT individuals. There are a number of locations where the meetings are held.


You do not need to pay anything to join a meeting in this organization. Some locations will also provide services like babysitters for individuals with small children. This program gets supported by itself via many voluntaries.


There is also a similar program for young people and teenagers named Alateen. Members from AI-Anon often will sponsor Alateen. This other organization will focus on teens and youngsters with alcoholic families or friends. It is known as a child of alcoholic support group.


The program hosts three types of meetings, which are as below.

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Adult Children of Alcoholics, or in short, ACA, is an organization program for people that grew up in a family of alcoholic(s). Unlike AI-Anon, ACA isn’t any parents, friends, teen children, husbands, or wives of alcoholics support group. Instead, its aim is to provide mental support to adult children that grew up in a family with one or more alcoholics. These adult children are likely to have never experienced a healthy relationship. So, the program tries to encourage them to make proper friendly relationships with others.


Unlike AI-Anon, ACA is not self-supported by any voluntary aids. So, it depends on the donation from its members for its services. We should also mention that the author of the famous “12 Steps for Adult Children of Alcoholics”, Tony A, is one of the co-founders of this group.


Childhood traumas can last long and spread their effects even when one steps into adulthood. Many memories from the past can turn into PTSD and affect one’s relationships. Even a pretty minor issue in their married life can remind them of the past. Thus, they may stay mentally unstable and get scared of dealing with their family responsibility as an adult. ACA wants to aid someone in these situations and let them live a regular life, free from any tragedy of the past. ACA works by healing the mind of adult children in 12 steps format, taken from Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholics Anonymous is another support program for closed ones of alcoholics, which is working worldwide.


ACA tries to show that mental scars from family issues caused by alcohol abuse are like a sickness, possible to heal. They try to sober you from it. ACA will re-parent one’s inner child from the past and show them love and support. They don’t focus on any particular substance and instead focus on the person’s scarred mind. ACA will make you ready for your future life responsibilities and duties through the 12 steps.


There are a few types of meetings available for families of alcoholics. For example:


  • Closed: For members who are under ACA’s tradition 3.
  • Open: For anyone no matter if it is family, friends, professionals, etc.
  • LGBT+: Specific for LGBT+ ACAs and their allies.

There are also specific meetings for people of color, secular people, men-only, women-only, etc.

Families with alcoholic member(s) and have suffered abuse or mental torment of any sort can get help from professionals. Professional help can be achieved by attending support groups dedicated to family members.

There are a number of family support groups available for spouses of alcoholics who have suffered from their significant other’s addiction. Some of the highly recommended options would be Families Anonymous, Al-Anon, etc.


The process of mental recovery for families with alcoholism issues can often take a long time and dedication. However, the end result is worth the time you invest. Actually, it can be pretty risky to continue one’s adult life relationships without treating their mind properly.


As we included two of the family of alcoholics support groups, you can check out whichever one you feel suitable. You may also look into Alcoholic Anonymous, which is also an excellent program for such purpose. None of these groups have any affiliation with any political party or religion. So, one can have a positive and common experience as others.

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