I'm not sure if a meeting would help me.

by Dave
(Buffalo, NY)

I have a daughter who has started a 12 step program for her drug abuse. She's draining our finances, but my wife is afraid to cut her off in case she kills herself. Can an Al Anon meeting help us understand what we need to do?

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Yes meeting should help you.
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Dave,

So very sorry to hear that your daughter is struggling with addiction. Addiction is a disease of the brain that is often fatal if left untreated.

I believe attending Al-anon meetings could help both of you. Al-anon helps you to understand addiction better and to understand what your daughter is experiencing. It also helps you to work the 12 steps, so you can support your daughter as she goes through the program.

Finally, it can help you to decide what boundaries are most appropriate to help your daughter, but to avoid enabling her addiction in any way. You'll learn how to love your daughter, but to HATE her addiction.

Good Luck,


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