When your spouse is an alcoholic or drug addict, you will be affected. You will probably spend a lot of time worrying abd obsessing about your spouse. You will probably spend a lot of time in a wide range of negative emotions. In this situation, you may want to consider going to Al-Anon meetings.
Al-Anon meetings are like Alcoholic Anonymous meetings. However, they are for the loved ones, friends, and family members of alcoholics. These meetings can be extremely helpful even if the alcoholic in your life is currently sober. It is extremely helpful to be amongst people who understand what you are going through and who can help you.
Al-Anon uses the 12-step program that Alcoholics Anonymous uses, but the steps are phrased in a way that loved ones of alcoholics can use. This group may seem religious, but it is really more spiritual than anything. Even if you are an atheist, you can still get a lot out of these meetings. They do reference a higher power frequently. However, I know many atheists that consider the higher power to be the group.
In an Al-Anon meeting, you will be able to share your experiences with a group of people who know exactly what you are going through because they have all been through it themselves. It can also be extremely helpful if your spouse starts going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings while you are going to Al-Anon meetings, and you are both working the 12 steps at the same time. If you make recovery something that you can do together, it may be more likely to be effective.
In Al-Anon meetings, you will also learn more effective ways to be supportive of your alcoholic husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, or fiance. This may be essential for your loved one’s recovery and sobriety. Having the support of a loved one can make all of the difference in the life of an alcoholic. We understand that alcoholism is a disease, and your loved one needs to seek treatment for it. In an Al-Anon group, you will get the support that you need as the alcoholic’s spouse.