51st Annual Kentucky Area Al-Anon Convention
The 51st Annual Kentucky Al-Anon Convention will be held Friday, September 16, through Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY. The conference will include Al-Anon, AA and Alateen speakers from Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas as well as several workshops. Registration fee for the entire weekend is $35. Contact Clarion Hotel for overnight reservations at 1-888-390-4918 (special rates available through August 26).
Alcoholism is a family disease. The disease affects all those who have a relationship with a problem drinker. Those of us closest to the alcoholic suffer the most, and those who care the most can easily be caught up in the behavior of another person. We react to the alcoholic's behavior. We focus on them, what they do, where they are, how much they drink. We try to control their drinking for them. We take on the blame, guilt, and shame that really belong to the drinker. We can become as addicted to the alcoholic, as the alcoholic is to alcohol. We, too, can become ill.
At Al Anon Family Group meetings, the friends and family members of problem drinkers share their experiences and learn how to apply the principles of the Al Anon program to their individual situations. Younger family members and friends attend Alateen meetings. They learn that they are not alone in the problems they face, and that they have choices that lead to greater peace of mind, whether the drinker continues to drink or not.
Many who come to Al-Anon/Alateen are in despair, feeling hopeless, unable to believe that things can ever change. We want our lives to be different, but nothing we have done has brought about change. We all come to Al-Anon because we want and need help.
In Al-Anon and Alateen, members share their own experience, strength, and hope with each other. You will meet others who share your feelings and frustrations, if not your exact situation. We come together to learn a better way of life, to find happiness whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.
Al-Anon and Alateen members are people just like you and me–people who have been affected by someone else's drinking. They are parents, children, spouses, partners, brothers, sisters, other family members, friends, employers, employees, and coworkers of alcoholics. No matter what our specific experience has been we share a common bond: we feel our lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.
There are no dues or fees in Al-Anon and Alateen meetings. Most groups pass a basket for voluntary contributions. Members are asked to contribute what they can afford, so that the group can pay rent, provide literature, and offer support to local and worldwide service centers.
Al-Anon is an anonymous fellowship. Everything that is said in the group meeting member-to-member must be held in confidence. Only in this way can people feel free to say what is on their minds and in their hearts, for this is how members help one another in Al-Anon.
For more information or to register, please go to lexingtonal-anon.org .
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