As a member of the helping profession, you come into contact with individuals who have
complex problems and needs. It is possible many may be suffering from the disease of
alcoholism-someone else’s alcoholism. Family members, regardless of their age, usually blame
themselves for the turmoil in their lives, often making excuses for problems, while unaware of
how the disease affects them. The fact is, alcoholism affects family members from generation
to generation unless the pattern is interrupted.
If you know or suspect that a problem drinker is affecting your client, we urge you to
recommend Al-Anon or Alateen as part of your treatment plan. Al-Anon, a mutual support
fellowship where members share their experience, strength and hope, offers a program of
recovery for the relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is for teenagers affected by
someone else’s drinking. Meetings are held at no cost in your locality and no appointments are
If you wish further information please call ____________________ or 888-4AL-ANON (888-
425-2666), Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM, ET.