Al-Anon: Recovery for the Family

Family members of addicts in recovery often feel envious of their loved one, as addicts have so many resources and a community of support to lean on in this tumultuous period of early sobriety. Do not feel short-changed, as there is a 12-step recovery program designed by and for the families and loved ones of addicts! Al-Anon meetings are available throughout the country and provide guidance, support, and healing to the families of addicts, regardless of whether your loved one is still in active addiction or in recovery.

Al-Anon was created shortly after the inception of Alcoholics Anonymous, as the wives and family of alcoholics found themselves socializing with each other while their spouses were in AA meetings. This group of people soon realized they had suffered emotional and psychological damage at the hands of their loved one’s addiction, damage that needed to be processed and healed in order for them to recover themselves. Out of this desire to heal alongside their loved ones, Al-Anon was born.

Hopefully your loved one has already made the decision to seek recovery and set aside their substance of choice. If this has not yet occurred, Al-Anon can be a vital resource for you and your family, providing comfort and reassurance as well as tips to encourage the addict in your life to make a change and attempt sobriety. The perspective and advice of those who have been where you are and gotten through it is invaluable, as you can avoid the pitfalls and painful lessons these advisors have already learned.

It is unfortunate the family and loved ones of an addict must suffer alongside them as a result of their substance abuse. However, it is not all bad news for the families of addicts, as Al-Anon provides you the same support and community the AA or NA gives to the addict in your life. At Evolutions Treatment Center, we strongly encourage all family members of our clients to attend Al-Anon to address any resentments or negative coping mechanisms developed while the client was actively abusing substances. We also offer family therapy sessions to help jump start the healing process for all those touched by the client’s addiction. If your family member is currently a patient at Evolutions or another treatment center, call and inquire about the possibility of engaging in family therapy. If they have already successfully completed treatment or are still in active addiction, you should also seek out your local Al-Anon chapter so you can begin the recovery process in your life and the lives of your family!


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit