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Include the Family

It is said that the average practicing alcoholic affects the lives of at least five other people and that alcoholism is a family illness. We find that the family that gets sick together can often recover together. The best way to do this is to share your program of recovery with them.

Following are some of the AA activities you can share with your family:

  • Open Meetings: Take your spouse, other members of your family and interested friends to hear the stories of AA speakers, and to share in the fellowship of other AA families. Open meetings are listed in the Greater Milwaukee Central Office Meeting directory the "When & Where".
  • Social Events: Special suppers, dances, picnics and other social activities are regularly sponsored by groups for AA members and their families.
  • AA Conferences: Weekend conferences at resorts and hotels are held throughout the year and offer activities for AA members and their families. Often, Al-Anon and Alateen meetings are held at the same time. "Between-Us" and "Grapevine" publish notices of these conferences.
The Al-Anon Family Groups, designed for members of the alcoholic family, hold "closed" meetings just as AA groups do. They use AA's twelve steps of recovery to help them understand the alcoholic and to adjust and improve their own lives.

Al-Anon membership is available to the spouse of the alcoholic or other concerned persons. The Al-Anon Family Groups have their own organization, separate from AA.


Reprinted with the permission of Greater Milwaukee Central Office, Inc.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT We wish to thank the Chicago Central Office for their contribution.

Links to Other AA Related Websites
Calendar of Events | AA World Services, Inc. | AA Grapevine | Meetings in Northern WI & the U.P. | Meetings in Southern WI

Al-Anon Family Groups of SE Wisconsin

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