New to Christ Church Centre and supporting the friends and families of those with alcohol addiction.
Whatever your relationship to the drinker, whatever your story, Al-Anon can help.
What is Al-Anon?
Someone else’s drinking can affect your life – be it a relative or friend, male or female. Someone else’s uncontrolled, and uncontrollable, drinking can:
- turn love to hate
- bring you to the depths of despair
- affect you financially
- lead to violent outbursts
- make you doubt your own sanity
- make you think that you are the problem.
?? How will attending meetings help me?
Al-Anon works by members attending meetings, where you will hear about situations much like your own. Members help each other by sharing their own experience and how they have used the Al-Anon programme to change their attitudes and behaviour, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.
Al Anon Website story – ‘At my first Al-Anon meeting I was too scared to go in, so I stood on the other side of the door and listened. It takes a lot of courage to admit that someone you love is an alcoholic.
The next meeting the door was opened, I was given a warm welcome and asked if I would like tea or coffee.
When I first said my name and that my son is an alcoholic, I was overwhelmed and burst into tears. To admit that was heart breaking for me.
Al-Anon has taught me how to love my son without trying to control him. To have compassion, but also to accept him just the way he is, whether I agree or not. I allow my son to lead his own life, yet I still have to have a life of my own without feeling guilty.’
?? Will anyone say they’ve seen me there?
We respect one another’s anonymity. We use first names only. Everything that is said is treated as confidential. We do not talk about the people we see or repeat what we have heard at meetings.
?? Is this some kind of religious organisation?
No. Ours is a spiritual fellowship, not a religious one. Members of any faith, or none at all, are welcome and we make it a point to avoid discussions of specific religious beliefs.
?? How much is this going to cost?
There are no fees to join. Meetings usually have a collection to pay the rent for the meeting place, to provide Al-Anon literature and to support services, both local and throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland. We contribute what we can afford.
?? Does Al-Anon provide any other services?
We have a range of pamphlets and other literature available for sale.
Need more help or information first?
Try the national website or helpline.
Helpline: 0207 403 0888
Christ Church URC Centre also provides a safe place for Alcoholics Anonymous meetings (Mon/Weds/Sat) and whole person Christian counselling and support programme through Crisis Recovery. Coming soon…..Narcotics Anonymous. See other Community pages for more details