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Bienvenidos a Al-Anon y Alateen

Durante más de 55 años, Al-Anon (que incluye a Alateen para los miembros más jóvenes) les ha estado ofreciendo esperanza y ayuda a los amigos y familiares de bebedores problema. Se estima que cada alcohólico afecta la vida de por lo menos cuatro personas...el alcoholismo es verdaderamente una enfermedad familiar. No importa cuál sea su relación con la persona alcohólica, o si aún está bebiendo o no, toda persona que ha sido afectada por la forma de beber de otra persona puede encontrar en la hermandad de Al-Anon y Alateen las soluciones que conducen a la serenidad.

¿Cómo Al-Anon me ayudará?

Muchos de los que venimos a Al-Anon y Alateen llegamos desesperados, éramos incapaces de pensar en una posibilidad de cambio. Queremos que nuestras vidas sean diferentes, pero nada de lo que hemos hecho ha traído cambio alguno. Todos llegamos a Al-Anon porque queremos y necesitamos ayuda.

En Al-Anon y Alateen los miembros comparten entre sí sus propias experiencias, fortaleza y esperanza. Conocerán a otras personas que comparten sus sentimientos y frustraciones y quizá hasta su misma experiencia. Nos reunimos para aprender a vivir una vida mejor y para encontrar la felicidad, ya sea que el alcohólico todavía esté bebiendo o no.

¿Es Al-Anon para usted?

Tenemos ayuda disponible para aquellos que la soliciten. Las 20 preguntas que aparecen a continuación le ayudarán a decidir si Al-Anon le puede ayudar. Si se identifica con algunas de estas preguntas, le animamos a que trate de asistir a una reunión de Al-Anon o Alateen.

¿Quiénes son los miembros de Al-Anon y Alateen?

Los miembros Al-Anon y Alateen son personas como tú y yo—personas que han sido afectadas por la bebida de otra persona. Son padres, hijos, esposos, parejas, hermanos, hermanas, otros familiares, amigos, patrones, empleados y compañeros de trabajo de los alcohólicos. Sin importar cuál haya sido nuestra experiencia, compartimos un mismo vínculo: sentimos que nuestras vidas han sido afectadas por el alcoholismo de otra persona.

¿Es una hermandad religiosa?

Los Grupos de Familia Al-Anon son una hermandad espiritual, no religiosa. Evitamos discutir sobre cualquier creencia religiosa, y miembros de todas las filosofías (o ninguna) son bienvenidos. Nuestros Doce Pasos nos invitan a encontrar un "Poder superior a nosotros" que nos ayude a resolver nuestros problemas y alcanzar la serenidad. Cada miembro es libre de definir ese poder a su propia manera.

Reuniones de grupos de Al-Anon son gratis, confidenciales, y anónimas.

El grupo "Calma y Serenidad" se reúne los Miércoles a las 8:00 p.m., en el sótano de la iglesia United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee St., Salón #11, Fayetteville, NY.

Al-Anon Family Groups, which includes Alateen, has been in existence for over 50 years as a community resource providing support to those affected by someone else's drinking. Today, there are over 26,000 Al-Anon and Alateen groups meeting in 115 countries. Our meetings are anonymous and confidential. There are no dues or fees for membership.
Many Al-Anon members report that a professional influenced their decision to attend their first Al-Anon meeting. Al-Anon and Alateen meetings are compatible with all types of counseling and medical treatment.

Al-Anon/Alateen Is Self-Supporting

Through the voluntary contributions of members; there are no dues of fees for membership. Al-Anon does not accept any outside funds, grants, or donation.

Al-Anon/Alateen Is a Program Based Upon Anonymity

The identity of all Al-Anon an Alateens members, as well as members of Alcoholics Anonymous, is protected.
Confidentiality is allowed to develop from a sense of trust and honesty.
The focus is on spiritual principles, not personalities, which leads to a fellowship of equals.

Al-Anon/Alateen Cooperates with Professionals by Providing

Speakers and literature for conferences, workshops, and meetings.
Open meetings.
Meetings at schools, institutions, and other facilities.
Local meeting schedules.
A variety of literature.
A Free packet of literature - (315) 471-0191
Visit the AFG,Inc. World Wide Web site to order literature. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted.

Al-Anon/Alateen Groups Are Started by

Al-Anon and Alateen members. A minister, doctor, social worker or AA member can initiate the formation of an Al-Anon/Alateen group. However, after the group has started members operate the group. Professional or AA participation should be limited to open meetings.

Factsheet For Professionals
Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA. © Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. 2005. All Rights Reserved.

Detachment is neither kind nor unkind. It does not imply judgement or condemnation of the person or situation from which we are detaching. Separating ourselves from the adverse effects of another person’s alcoholism can be a means of detaching: this does not necessarily require physical separation.  Detachment can help us look at our situations realistically and objectively.

Alcoholism is a family disease. Living with the effects of someone else’s drinking is too devastating for most people to bear without help.

In Al-Anon we learn nothing we say or do can cause or stop someone else’s drinking.  We are not responsible for another person’s disease or recovery from it.

Detachment allows us to let go of our obsession with another’s behavior and begin to lead happier and more manageable lives, lives with dignity and rights, lives guided by a Power greater than ourselves. We can still love the person without liking the behavior.

IN AL-ANON WE LEARN:
• Not to suffer because of the actions or reactions of other people
• Not to allow ourselves to be used or abused by others in the interest of another’s recovery
• Not to do for others what they can do for themselves
• Not to manipulate situations so others will eat, go to bed, get up, pay bills, not drink, or behave as we see fit
• Not to cover up for another’s mistakes or misdeeds
• Not to create a crisis
• Not to prevent a crisis if it is in the natural course of events

By learning to focus on ourselves, our attitudes and well-being improve. We allow the alcoholics in our lives to experience the consequences of their own actions.

AL-ANON CAN HELP
Al-Anon is a worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics, whether or not the alcoholic recognizes the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help. Members
give and receive comfort and understanding through a mutual exchange of experience, strength, and hope. Sharing of similar problems binds individuals and groups together in a bond that is protected by a tradition of anonymity.

Al-Anon is not a religious organization or a counseling agency. It is not a treatment center nor is it allied with any other organization offering such services. Al-Anon Family Groups, which includes Alateen for young members, usually teenagers, neither expresses opinions on outside issues nor endorses outside enterprises. No dues or fees are required. Membership is voluntary, requiring only that one’s own life has been adversely affected by someone else’s drinking problem.

The Syracuse Literature Distribution Center (LDC) maintains a stock of Conference Approved Literature (CAL) and is a registered LDC with the World Service Office (WSO). Purchasing literature from the Syracuse LDC helps fund Syracuse AIS public outreach programs.

You can place literature orders for yourself or your group by either calling the Service Center or mailing a completed literature order form. Additionally, literature is often available at Area Assemblies and other local Al-Anon/Alateen events. Orders must be paid in full prior to delvery. There is an 8% shipping charge added to all orders shipped from the LDC.

Literature is available for purchase during the Service Center's normal hours of operation. Please call ahead to confirm that a Service Center Volunteer will be available to assist you with your purchase.

Syracuse LDC Order Form

Service Center Location
112 Lancaster Place, Syracuse NY 13210
(315)471-0191
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