Our Family Support Group is made for friends, loved ones, and family members of alcoholics to learn about alcoholism, understand how to support an alcoholic, and experience an improved quality of life, regardless of their alcoholic loved one’s recovery. Do you love an alcoholic? Whether you’re a spouse, best friend, mother, son, etc. we know how it feels to be in your shoes.

You are welcome to join us for our Family Support Group meeting any Wednesday at 6:30 pm (Central Time) and text or call any of our committee members, anytime. You can find all the information about both on our page: magdalenhouse.org/family

Frequently Asked Questions About Family Support

  • My loved one has the problem with alcohol dependency, why do I need to come?
  • What will I get from participating in the Family Support Meetings?
  • I already attend Al-Anon. Would it still be useful for me to attend the Family Support Meetings?
  • My loved one doesn’t want to get help, so I don’t have anyone at The Magdalen House. Can I still attend?
  • If my loved one is in The Magdalen House, do I need to come while they are there?
  • How often are Family Support meetings held?
  • Do I need to register in advance to attend Family Support?

My loved one has the problem with alcohol dependency, why do I need to come?

Alcoholism is a family disease that requires a family solution. Everyone is impacted. We become angry, confused, and scared without knowing it. Support and information allow us to heal and move toward a solution.

What will I get from participating in the Family Support Meetings? 

  • A break from the day-to-day struggles of living with addiction.
  • An opportunity to talk with others who understand what you’ve been experiencing.
  • Tools for dealing constructively with alcoholism and effectively responding to the alcoholic.
  • Strategies for responding to your loved ones in ways that are caring and helpful.
  • Ultimately, hope.

I already attend Al-anon. Would it be useful for me to attend the Family Support meetings?

Past participants with Al-Anon experience have reported that attending Family Support gave them the opportunity to deepen their recovery programs.

My loved one doesn’t want to get help, so I don’t have anyone at The Magdalen House. Can I still attend?

Participation in Family Support is open to anyone concerned about a loved one’s alcohol use. You do not need a connection to someone involved in any of Maggie’s programs to participate.

If my loved one is in The Magdalen House, do I need to come while they are there?  

No, Family Support is separate from the First Step program and it is not necessary to come while your loved one is here. The advantage to coming while they are here is you will have an opportunity to learn about how to support your loved one and yourself so you are more prepared to begin the healing in your relationships.

How often are the Family Support Meetings Held?

Our meetings are held every Wednesday at 6:30 pm and Thursday at 12:00 pm at The Magdalen House. A Family Support and Maggie’s Women’s Group member will speak at our Breakfast Club event every second Sunday of the month.

Do I need to register in advance to attend Family Support?

Advance notice is not required for in-person meetings, just come as you are! If you would like to attend virtually please register here.

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