• Telephone Number:020 7593 2070
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  • Address:Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire 57B Great Suffolk Street London SE1 0BB
  • Local Area:Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castlepoint, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping Forest, Harlow, Maldon, Rochford, Southend, Tendring, Thurrock, Uttlesford

Al-Anon Family Groups offers free and inclusive meetings for the benefit of the relatives and friends of drinkers.

It is estimated that for every alcoholic there are at least five other people affected by their disease. Al-Anon Family Groups can complement the work of professionals working with the families and friends of alcoholics.

Al-Anon is a members’ fellowship dedicated to helping anyone who has been affected by their relationship with an alcoholic. This relationship can be as close as a parent, child or sibling or as remote as a friend or work colleague.

Al-Anon meetings are free to attend and the only membership requirement is that the person feels they have been negatively affected by another’s alcoholism.

Al-Anon members provide one another with mutual support, by sharing their experiences with each other. Al-Anon also offer literature about various aspects of alcoholism and the Al-Anon principles, which include the Twelve Steps. Many Al-Anon members choose to apply these principles in their own lives but there is never any pressure to do so.

Your anonymity is protected by using first names only. You will not be asked to reveal your surname or any other details about your identity or that of the drinker. Anything discussed within an Al-Anon meeting is treated as confidential, including your presence at the meeting.

Al-Anon also helps to raise awareness of the problems associated with alcoholism. Al-Anon do this by welcoming professionals to open meetings and providing information to researchers and the media. This also helps to spread the word about Al-Anon so that more people can be reached who need help dealing with their relationship with a drinker.

Al-Anon provides solidarity and hope. For those who have been affected by someone else’s drinking and don’t know where to turn, our door is always open and our welcome always warm.

Helpline: 0800 0086 811

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