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A new English-speaking support group has been set up in Lausanne to help people deal better with the challenges of living with an alcoholic. The aim of the group is to provide support for the families and friends of problem drinkers, and guide them towards making healthier choices and finding happiness in their lives, regardless of whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.

Part of the international Al-Anon network of associations, the new group has been set up specifically to help the English-speaking community, amongst whom there are alcoholics with families and friends, who are in despair, feel hopeless, and unable to believe that things can ever change.  One Al-Anon member of the group told knowitall.ch, “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.”

Held on Monday evenings in Lausanne, the new group provides members with the opportunity to share their own experiences, strengths, and hopes with others. Although the group recognizes that each situation is different, members are encouraged to share their feelings and frustrations with other members who are in similar circumstances. The aim of the group is to help members learn a better way of life, and to find the happiness which eludes them, even years after the alcoholic has stopped drinking.

If you’re not sure whether the Al-Anon group is suitable for you, then this page on the Al-Anon website may guide you in the right direction. Just pick the link, which most closely matches your situation and work your way through the 20 questions.  If you can identify with some of the sentiments listed, you are encouraged to give Al-Anon a try.

Al-Anon English-speaking support group
54 Avenue de Bethusy
(ground floor, access door on the right side of the building)
Lausanne
Monday nights at 8pm
www.alanon.org
www.alanon.ch/
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