Al-Anon Discussion Group Narrative Essay by Nicky

A personal account of an open discussion group of Al-Anon for families and friends of alcoholics.
# 146295 | 1,118 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 24, 2010 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs)

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The writer discusses the direct connection between alcoholism and depression in the families and friends of alcoholics, and describes how this support group interacted in ways to counter the feelings of isolation and helplessness. The writer focuses on several of the participants and their stories and brings out how depression affects almost everyone who is associated with alcoholism. The writer asserts that groups like Al-Anon do a great service in helping to combat such widespread and ill-understood issues.

From the Paper:

"The open discussion group of Al-Anon that I attended proved a very eye-opening experience. The nature of the group itself very much reflected the lives and issues that the family members and friends of alcoholics gathered there were facing. The open nature allowed people to attend when they liked and stop whenever they wanted, or to attend sporadically. There were many regulars in attendance, and it was also clear that there were several total newcomers (myself included). There was also one man, Doug, who apparently attended only when the situation with his wife (ex-wife, actually, but with partial custody of their two children) grew especially bad. There was a wave of initial sympathy from the regulars towards him when he walked in the door; his presence was enough to make it known that things were worse."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Al-Anon Official Website. (2006). Accessed 6 March 2009.
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals. (2007). "Alcohol related disorders." Accessed 6 March 2009.
  • RightHealth. (2008). "Depression guide." Accessed 6 March 2009.

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"Al-Anon Discussion Group" 24 December 2010. Web. 21 September. 2023. <>