Our meetings are held at the Drop-In Center twice weekly: on Sundays at 11 a.m., and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. The group is in the process of establishing an Al-Ateen meeting for younger family members of alcoholics and addicts. In the meantime, we encourage young people to attend the regular meetings.
Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy; neither endorses or opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.
Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.
Since specific Twelve Step groups for loved ones of addicts are not currently available on island, the Nantucket Al-Anon Family Group welcomes and supports family members and friends of addicts of all kinds. Al-Anon is an anonymous fellowship; rigorous adherence to this principle preserves group unity, protects the anonymity of members, and the anonymity of A.A. or N.A. members as well.
Gouin Village, off Vesper
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The information below was copied from the Al-Anon Family Group’s website www.al-anon.org
- What do the Al-Anon Family Groups DO?
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 Al-Ateen 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.
COMMON QUESTIONS THE NEWCOMERS ASK:
- How will Al-Anon help me?
Many who come to Al-Anon/Al-Ateen 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 Al-Ateen, 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.
- Who are the members of Al-Anon and Al-Ateen?
Al-Anon and Al-Ateen 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.
- Do I have to say anything at a meeting?
It is your choice to speak or not during the meetings. Newcomers are welcomed to meetings, usually provided with literature and a local meeting list, and invited to listen and learn. Some meetings offer beginners’ meetings, specifically for newcomers. Members are available to answer questions before or after the meetings.
- Will anyone say I’ve been there?
One of the Al-Anon program’s basic principles is that of anonymity. Meetings are confidential, and we do not disclose whom we see or what we hear at meetings to anyone.
- How much is this going to cost?
There are no dues or fees in Al-Anon and Al-Ateen 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.
- Is this a religious fellowship?
Al-Anon Family Groups is a spiritual fellowship, not a religious one. We avoid discussion of specific religious doctrine, and members of all faiths (or of none) are welcome. Our Twelve Steps ask us to find a “Power greater than ourselves” who can help us solve our problems and find serenity. Each member is free to define that power in his or her own way.
- What is alcoholism?
Alcoholism is widely recognized as a disease of compulsive drinking, which can be arrested, but not cured. It is a progressive illness, which will get only worse as long as the person continues to drink. Total abstinence from drinking is the only way to arrest the disease. Alcoholism affects the entire family; indeed, everyone who has contact with the alcoholic is affected. Unfortunately, the only person who can stop the alcoholic from drinking is the alcoholic himself or herself.
- Who are alcoholics?
They could be anyone, from all backgrounds and walks of life. Over 95 percent of alcoholics have families, friends, and jobs. They may function fairly well, but some part of their life is suffering. Their drinking causes a continuing and growing problem in their lives, and the lives they touch.
- How do alcoholics affect families and friends?
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 get 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.
AL-ANON & PROFESSIONALS
Counselors, therapists and others in a range of professions encourage the friends and families of problem drinkers to attend Al-Anon or Al-Ateen meetings, where clients and patients can find understanding and support that complements and reinforces professional treatment.
- How will attending Al-Anon or Al-Ateen groups help my patients, clients, consumers, or students?
Adult and teenagers attending Al-Anon or Al-Ateen meetings respectively are relieved to find that they are not alone. Even if uncertain that a relative or friend’s drinking is causing them stress and despair, people attending Al-Anon or Al-Ateen meetings will acquire information about alcoholism or alcohol abuse as an illness and its impact on the nondrinker. They will also learn about the importance of family treatment and recovery whether the alcoholic or problem drinker continues to drink or not. They will usually be able to identify with and meet others who have had similar experiences and hear first-hand how members are utilizing the Al-Anon/ Al-Ateen program for hope, support, and to improve their lives.
- Is an appointment needed?
No advance notification or formal written referral is necessary to attend an Al-Anon or Al-Ateen meeting. Most Al-Anon groups have a contact who can be called for information about the group, our program in general, or for directions to a meeting. Many Al-Ateen groups meet at the same time and location as an Al-Anon group. Al-Ateen meetings are open only to teenagers. (Note: Some Al-Ateen meetings also welcome pre-teen aged children)
- How do I make a referral?
It is helpful to make your patient, client, consumer, or student aware of Al-Anon or Al-Ateen and our purpose. Many people have never heard of Al-Anon or Al-Ateen. Although Al-Anon and Al-Ateen groups follow the same meeting format, each group’s meetings are slightly different from each other because attendees and topics of discussion vary each week.
- What does Al-Anon or Al-Ateen cost?
There are no dues or fees for Al-Anon or Al-Ateen membership. Most groups have expenses and pass a basket for voluntary contributions. The money is used to meet the group’s expenses such as rent for the meeting room, to buy Al-Anon/ Al-Ateen literature, to support the local Al-Anon Information Service, and to fund the expenses of the members who perform service on behalf of the group.
- How do the Al-Anon Family Groups and the Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. support themselves?
Through the sale of Al-Anon/ Al-Ateen literature and voluntary contributions from members, Al-Anon groups, and service arms. The Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. and the Al-Anon Family Groups do not accept grants or funding from outside sources.
- What about problems other than someone else’s drinking?***
In addition to alcohol abuse, newcomers as well as Al-Anon members may be worried about a relative or friend who has another type of addiction, mental illness, compulsive or problematic behavior. While Al-Anon’s principles are applicable to many different situations and concerns, the Al-Anon program focuses on helping members recover from the effects of someone else’s drinking. Newcomers as well as Al-Anon/ Al-Ateen members are also encouraged to seek help from other resources for concerns in addition to or other than someone else’s drinking when needed. ***Special note for the Nantucket Al-Anon Family Group: since specific Twelve Step groups for loved ones of addicts are not currently available on island, the Nantucket Al-Anon Family Group welcomes and supports family members and friends of addicts of all kinds.
- Is Al-Anon or Al-Ateen compatible with the professional care and services I offer?
Yes. Al-Anon/ Al-Ateen is a peer support group. As peers, they exchange their respective experiences. The mutual sharing among members helps members to realize that they have a variety of options that they may not have realized they had before attending Al-Anon or Al-Ateen. Al-Anon members do not give direction or prescribe specific solutions for other members.
- Is the Al-Anon Family Groups program religious?
No. It is spiritually-based upon principles applicable to people from a wide variety of backgrounds and applicable to people regardless of their religious beliefs—or lack of religious beliefs.
- What is the Al-Anon or Al-Ateen meeting format and what do members talk about at meetings?
Most Al-Anon and Al-Ateen groups have a discussion topic at their meetings such as acceptance, overcoming fear, change, one of Al-Anon’s slogans (e.g. One Day at a Time, Easy Does It) or one of the Twelve Steps. Al-Anon and Al-Ateen meetings are facilitated by members, rather than a professional. Each week, a different member chairs the meeting on a different subject.
- Why do members continue to attend Al-Anon or Al-Ateen after the drinker is in treatment, sober, attending Alcoholics Anonymous, or no longer actively involved in the individual’s life?
Al-Anon is a program of self-discovery and personal growth. Recovery is an on-going process and is not limited to whether or not the alcoholic or problem drinker continues to drink, is visibility present, or actively involved in a member’s life. The effects of someone else’s drinking are deep and may present challenges that continue throughout life. Members form new friendships with other members and often can find great personal satisfaction in maintaining their relationships with their Al-Anon friends. Al-Anon and Al-Ateen members also reinforce their own recovery and find great satisfaction is sharing their application of the Al-Anon program with newcomers.
Al-Anon Family Group Events:
There are no upcoming events at this time.
Drop-In-Center: Gouin Village, off Vesper Lane
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