Opinion: Juneau is fortunate to have an Al-Anon community

Many of us have found peace and contentment through Al-Anon.

With the holidays behind us, and COVID-19 still with us, stress and tension might have been increased exponentially, especially for those living with friends and family members who suffer from the diseases of alcoholism and addiction. Juneau is fortunate to have an Al-Anon community, with meetings available on Zoom three times a week. Al-Anon is a program for friends and families of alcoholics and addicts helping members to learn how to live a rich and happy life, whether the alcoholic or addict is still using or not. Sometimes, by getting the help we need, by accepting the realities of the disease and by focusing our attentions on improving our own lives and character challenges, we can somehow aid those suffering from the cunning and baffling disease of alcoholism. If you would like some information on this truly remarkable program of self-help and self-improvement, please go to the al-anon-ak.org website for a schedule of local meetings and an introduction to this free, non-religious program. Forty percent of our members are referred to Al-Anon by local professionals, and many of us have found peace and contentment through Al-Anon, one day at a time.

Denise Roselle,


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