Help for families hurt by problem drinking |

Help for families hurt by problem drinking

Provided to the Tribune

The holiday season is a time of coming together with families and friends, to share in celebrating our special traditions. There is almost always plenty of food and drink, telling of stories, spending time together. Alcoholism in a family member can destroy the beauty of the holidays – ruining gatherings for everyone.

Help and hope for families and friends of alcoholics is available in Al-Anon Family Groups. This mutual support group offers weekly meetings in more than 26,000 locations around the world, including South Lake Tahoe. The meetings take place at 7 p.m. Mondays at St. Theresa Parish Center; 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Sierra Community Church; 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Sierra Community Church; and 7 p.m. Fridays at St. Theresa Parish Hall. Alateen meetings for younger family members and friends are scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. every other Thursday at St. Theresa Parish Hall.

At Al-Anon and Alateen meetings, members come together to share their experiences with each other. They learn more about how they are affected by a loved one’s drinking and about the tools Al-Anon provides to help them deal with alcoholism. Season members, all volunteers, rotate leading the meetings, offering their own experience with dealing with alcoholism. There are no dues or fees for the meetings. A basket is usually passed for members’ contributions to cover the cost of the meeting place, literature and other group expenses.

Meeting information is available by calling (530) 573-2444. More information is also available on the Al-Anon/Alateen Web site at

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