Happy Thursday! We hope everyone is staying safe and well, especially as we experience a bit of unseasonably chilly weather.

Last week, Tim Blake brought us some information about virtual addiction support services, and this week he’s sharing information on virtual support for anyone affected by someone else’s drinking.

Addiction doesn’t just impact the addict; family members, friends, and others who care about and work with an addict can feel just as helpless and hopeless and just as entangled in the cycle of addiction. There is no reason anyone dealing with this needs to do it alone, and there is support for anyone who wishes to move forward in a positive and empowered way.

Al-Anon and Alateen are dues-free support groups for those who are mutually impacted by someone else’s drinking, whether or not that person is still drinking or still present in their lives.

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.

Due to COVID-19, both Al-Anon and Alateen are offering local support groups online, and the full list of meetings can be found here. While choosing an online meeting, it may be helpful to locate a group that is geographically close to you, as you may wish to join in-person meetings as soon as restrictions are lifted.

For more information, you can reach Winston-Salem Al-Anon’s answering service at 336-723-1452.