Open Al-Anon meeting recorded by the BBC Radio 4

Listen to an extract from an Open Al-Anon meeting broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House on January 29, 2017.

Melissa - growing up with an alcoholic parent - a teenager's story

Melissa grew up with an alcohol father, but realised after meeting her friend's parents that her father's behaviour was not normal. She attended her first Al-Anon meeting with her mother where she felt she could relate to others.

Family members discuss their experience of living with alcoholism

A daughter, wife, husband and other family members talk about their experience of living with alcoholism, and then finding support in Al-Anon.

Angela- first impression of an Al-Anon meeting

Angela felt anxious and nervous before attending an Al-Anon meeting. After her husband started to get recovery Angela felt that she also needed understanding and support.

Don - the husband of a problem drinker

Don found that attending Al-Anon meetings changed his perspective on his wife's drinking dependency.

Liam Byrne MP

MP Liam Byrne talks about the work that Al-Anon Family Groups do to support those affected by another's drinking.

Emma - the daughter of alcoholic parents

Emma, who is in her mid twenties, talks about what it was like to grow up with two alcoholic parents.

Joe - living with active alcoholism

A husband talks about what he went through living with his wife's active alcoholism, and how attending Al-Anon meetings helped him in unexpected ways.

Alice - reached breaking point

Alice had reached breaking point, this was when she found Al-Anon. Attending meetings helped her and her family.

Mark - wife's drinking

Although Mark had tried to control his wife's drinking for many years, he had never thought of her as an alcoholic.

Trish - Teenager with alcoholic parent

For a teenager, living with an alcoholic parent can be confusing, frustrating and soul destroying – Trish speaks about her experience.

John - dilemma of the alcoholic marriage

John explains the dilemma of the alcoholic marriage.

Interview with expert therapist Mandy Saligary

Mandy Saligari, addiction therapist, discusses the effects of alcoholism on the families, and why 12 steps programmes are so important in recovery.

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