Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.
WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF AL-ANON AND ALATEEN?
Al-Anon and Alateen members are people just like you and me–people who have been affected by someone else’s drinking. They are parents, children, spouses, partners, brothers, sisters, other family members, friends, employers, employees, and coworkers of alcoholics. No matter what our specific experience has been we share a common bond: we feel our lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.
Alcoholism is a family disease. The disease affects all those who have a relationship with a problem drinker. Those of us closest to the alcoholic suffer the most, and those who care the most can easily get caught up in the behavior of another person. We react to the alcoholic’s behavior. We focus on them, what they do, where they are, how much they drink. We try to control their drinking for them. We take on the blame, guilt, and shame that really belong to the drinker. We can become as addicted to the alcoholic, as the alcoholic is to alcohol. We, too, can become ill.
God grant me the serenity; To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.
Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.
Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.
HOW CAN AL-ANON HELP?
Many who come to Al-Anon/Alateen are in despair, feeling hopeless, unable to believe that things can ever change. We want our lives to be different, but nothing we have done has brought about change. We all come to Al-Anon because we want and need help.
In Al-Anon and Alateen, members share their own experience, strength, and hope with each other. You will meet others who share your feelings and frustrations, if not your exact situation. We come together to learn a better way of life, to find happiness whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.
WHAT DOES ANONYMITY MEAN TO AL-ANON?
One of the Al-Anon program’s basic principles is that of anonymity. Meetings are confidential, and we do not disclose whom we see or what we hear at meetings to anyone.
HOW MUCH DOES AL-ANON COST?
There are no dues or fees in Al-Anon and Alateen meetings. Most groups pass a basket for voluntary contributions. Members are asked to contribute what they can afford, so that the group can pay rent, provide literature, and offer support to local and worldwide service centers.
IS IT RELIGIOUS?
Al-Anon Family Groups is a spiritual fellowship, not a religious one. We avoid discussion of specific religious doctrine, and members of all faiths (or of none) are welcome. Our Twelve Steps ask us to find a “Power greater than ourselves” who can help us solve our problems and find serenity. Each member is free to define that power in his or her own way.
ARE YOU TROUBLED BY SOMEONE ELSE'S DRINKING?
Millions of people are affected by the excessive drinking of someone close.
The following questions are designed to help you decide whether or not you need Al-Anon:
1. Do you worry about how much someone else drinks?
2. Do you have money problems because of someone else’s drinking?
3. Do you tell lies to cover up for someone else’s drinking?
4. Do you feel that if the drinker cared about you, he or she would stop drinking to please you?
5. Do you blame the drinker’s behavior on his or her companions?
6. Are plans frequently upset or canceled or meals delayed because of the drinker?
7. Do you make threats, such as, “If you don’t stop drinking, I’ll leave you”?
8. Do you secretly try to smell the drinker’s breath?
9. Are you afraid to upset someone for fear it will set off a drinking bout?
10. Have you been hurt or embarrassed by a drinker’s behavior?
11. Are holidays and gatherings spoiled because of drinking?
12. Have you considered calling the police for help in fear of abuse?
13. Do you search for hidden alcohol?
14. Do you ever ride in a car with a driver who has been drinking?
15. Have you refused social invitations out of fear or anxiety?
16. Do you feel like a failure because you can’t control the drinking?
17. Do you think that if the drinker stopped drinking, your other problems would be solved?
18. Do you ever threaten to hurt yourself to scare the drinker?
19. Do you feel angry, confused, or depressed most of the time?
20. Do you feel there is no one who understands your problems?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, Al-Anon or Alateen may be able to help.
Al-Anon's World Service Office (WSO) is aware that at this time many Al-Anon and Alateen groups have chosen to or been asked to suspend meeting as part of public health initiatives aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) in our communities.
An alternative to local meetings are electronic meetings. These include online and phone meetings. Please find below a list of Richmond Area ZOOM Meetings. Additional online meetings can be found here.
We are grateful for your cooperation, patience, and understanding as we continue providing the services our members rely on and as we adapt to this situation, one day at a time.
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MEETING CANCELLATIONS DUE TO COVID-19
HELP & HOPE
Satuday, 9:00am | St. Luke's Lutheran Church
SUNDAY NIGHT OPTIMIST
Sunday, 7:30pm | St. Mathias Episcopal Church
STEP INTO THE JOURNEY
Sunday, 8:00pm | Woodlake United Methodist Church
WOMEN’S FOURTH STEP
Monday, Noon | Unity of Bon Air Church
CAME TO BELIEVE
Monday, 7:00pm | St Luke's Lutheran Church
MONDAY NIGHT STRENGTH AND HOPE
Monday, 7:00pm | Skipwith Methodist Church
HOW AL-ANON WORKS BEGINNER'S MEETING
Tuesday, 11:00am | Trinity Lutheran Church
HOW AL-ANON WORKS
Tuesday, Noon | Trinity Lutheran Church
TUESDAY NIGHT ADULT CHILDREN
Tuesday, 7:30pm | St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
12 STEPS TO RECOVERY
Tuesday, 7:30pm | Cool Springs Baptist Church
Wednesday, 10:30am | St. Paul's Catholic Church
Wednesday, Noon | St Luke's Lutheran Church
PARENTS WITH HOPE
Wednesday, 6:45pm | St. Francis Hospital Cancer Center
12 & 12
Thursday, Noon | Christ The King Church
BOUND TO IMPROVE
Thursday, 7:00pm | Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church
AWAKEN TO HOPE
Thursday, 7:00pm | St. John Neumann Catholic Chur
COURAGE TO BE
Thursday, 7:30pm | Central Baptist Church
AL-ANON SPOKEN HERE
Friday, 11:00am | Lewis Ginter Recreation Association
TBD due to Covid-19
POSTPONED - HELP AND HOPE AFG 2ND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Theme: Serenity In All Our Affairs. Speakers: Tiffany P. and Ruth W. St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond, VA 23225. Food & beverage provided.
TBD due to Covid-19
POSTPONED - HAPPY WEDNESDAY 47TH ANNIVERSARY
Save the date! Happy Wednesday will be celebrating their 47th Anniversary. This will be a speaker meeting followed by a potluck lunch. The celebration will be held in the Commons Room of the main church building. St. Paul Catholic Church, 909 Rennie Ave., Richmond, VA 23227. Come for food, fellowship and fantastic speakers.
TBD due to Covid-19
POSTPONED - AL-ANON BOUND TO IMPROVE
Come celebrate 11 years of Thursday night Bound to Improve AFG with our annual potluck and speaker meeting. Bring a dish to share, and listen to Christi J. (Al-Anon) and Henry B. (AA) share their stories. Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church 7000 Park Ave. Room 108
Sat., Mar. 21st | 10:00AM to 1:00PM
POSTPONED - SOUTHSIDE DISTRICT AL-ANON SPRING WORKSHOP
Save the Date! Southside District Al-Anon Spring Workshop. Don’t miss out on the chance to HEAL! Relationships: Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together. Kenwood United Methodist. Lunch Provided. 25200 Ritchie Ave., Petersburg, VA 23803
TBD due to Covid-19
POSTPONED - COURAGE TO FACE OUR FEARS USING THE 3 A'S WORKSHOP
Our panel will discuss how the 3 A's have given them the courage to face their fears and live a more serene life. Meet our panel: George H. - Awareness; Kathleen M. - Acceptance; Christina H. - Action. St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond, VA 23226.
Thursday, March 26th | 11:30am - 1pm
POSTPONED - THURSDAY'S 12 & 12 SPEAKER MEETING
Speaker Meeting with Barry W. on Thursday, March 26th Topic: How Thursday's 12 & 12 Has Benefited You Potluck: 11:30am Guest Speaker: Noon - 1pm Celebrating our 31st Anniversary! Christ the King Lutheran Church 9800 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond, VA
Tues., Mar. 31st at Noon
POSTPONED - HOW AL-ANON WORKS 2ND ANNIVERSARY
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2315 N. Parham Road
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