“The entire purpose of my life had been to see my father sober but even after I had succeeded, I couldn’t be happy. My life was void of meaning. Other people couldn’t understand it. Honestly, neither could I. I used to think that some sick part of me wanted my father to keep drinking so that it would give purpose to my own life. If it hadn’t been for Al-Anon, I might have even killed myself,” recalls a member of Al-Anon.
Al-Anon and Alateen are twin international fellowships – also known as the Al-Anon Family groups – designed with the sole purpose of helping those families that are adversely affected by alcoholism. While Al-Anon supports family members and friends of alcoholics, Alateen helps young people, generally between the ages of 13-19, whose lives have been affected by drinking.