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An Open Letter to Doctors

An Open Letter to Doctors, Human Service Professionals, and Spiritual Leaders seeking information about Al-anon are below, along with a PDF of the letter for your reference.


AN OPEN LETTER TO DOCTORS


Dear Doctor,

Since 1956 the American Medical Association has recognized alcoholism as a primary, progressive disease. We at Al-Anon/Alateen know that it is also a family disease which can affect some or all members of a household both physically and emotionally. It has been our experience that the relatives and friends of alcoholics often seek medical help for a variety of stress-related symptoms.


Al-Anon is a mutual support fellowship that offers a program of recovery to the relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen, a part of Al-Anon, is for a teenager who is equally affected by an alcoholic.


If you suspect someone’s drinking problem has contributed to the cause of your patient’s symptoms, we urge you to recommend Al-Anon and/or Alateen as part of their treatment.

The enclosed literature describes the benefits and renewed hope and confidence that the Al-Anon/Alateen mutual-support program has brought to thousands whose lives have been adverselyaffected by another’s alcoholism. If you wish more information, please call District 40 Hotline 951-848-0914 or email: District_40@yahoo.com, or 888-4AL-ANON (888-425-2666), Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM, ET


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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE HUMAN SERVICES PROFESSIONAL

Dear Friend,

As a member of the helping profession, you come into contact with individuals who have complex problems and needs. It is possible many may be suffering from the disease of alcoholism-someone else’s alcoholism. Family members, regardless of their age, usually blame themselves for the turmoil in their lives, often making excuses for problems, while unaware of

how the disease affects them. The fact is, alcoholism affects family members from generation to generation unless the pattern is interrupted.


If you know or suspect that a problem drinker is affecting your client, we urge you to recommend Al-Anon or Alateen as part of your treatment plan. Al-Anon, a mutual support fellowship where members share their experience, strength and hope, offers a program of

recovery for the relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is for teenagers affected by someone else’s drinking. Meetings are held at no cost in your locality and no appointments are

necessary.


If you wish further information please call District 40 Hotline 951-848-0914 or email: District_40@yahoo.com, or 888-4AL-ANON (888-425-2666), Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM, ET.

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AN OPEN LETTER TO SPIRITUAL LEADERS

Dear Friend,


You are often among the first in the community to learn that a problem in the family may be the result of someone’s drinking. Alcoholism is not simply an issue of excessive drinking, it is a disease which affects the drinker as well as his or her family, friends and co-workers, spiritually, mentally and physically.


Al-Anon Family Groups, which includes Alateen for the younger members, is an established community resource for people who have been affected by another’s use of alcohol. Al-Anon

consists of nonprofessional mutual support groups in which the identity of all members is protected.


Al-Anon is a spiritual program of recovery which is compatible with all religious beliefs and practices.


The Al-Anon/Alateen program can aid the recovery process for the entire family through hope, comfort and loving interchange among members having a common problem.

When someone turns to you for help and an alcohol related problem is identified, we urge you to suggest that they attend Al-Anon and/or Alateen meetings. Al-Anon can help you help

them. If you wish more information, please call District 40 Hotline 951-848-0914 or email:  district_40@yahoo.com, or 888-4AL-ANON (888-425-2666), Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM, ET.

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