Al-Anon Adult Children (AAC)

What is AAC?

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics is part of the Al-Anon fellowship.
When AAC members come together they discuss their difficulties and problems, confidentially support one another and learn how to live comfortably in spite of the effects of the disease of alcoholism.

Alcoholism is a family disease!

Those of us who have lived with this disease as children sometimes have problems which the Al-Anon program can help us to resolve. If someone close to you has, or has had a drinking problem, the following questions may help you in determining whether alcoholism affected your childhood or present life, and if Al-Anon is for you:

  1. Do you constantly seek approval and affirmation?
    It may be because you don't really know what 'normal' is - you have to try to figure it out from the actions and reactions of others.
  2. Do you fail to recognize your accomplishments?
    What seems routine to you might be considered 'over-achieving' by everybody around you.
  3. Do you fear criticism?
    In childhood 'criticism' often was accompanied by some form of abuse, verbal or otherwise.
  4. Do you over-extend yourself?
    Just carrying a normal work load was never good enough. You had to do more to avoid the rage of the alcoholic.
  5. Have you had problems with your own compulsive behaviour?
    Without knowing it, you probably developed a pattern in childhood of approaching everything 'alcoholically'.
  6. Do you have a need for perfection?
    One little slip up and the alcoholic might explode into anger. That deep-seeded fear can carry over into adulthood.
  7. Are you uneasy when your life is going smoothly, continually anticipating problems?
    The alcoholic always sabotaged the 'good times' like holidays, birthdays, vacations, etc. Things never turned out the way it was planned.
  8. Do you feel more alive in the midst of a crisis?
    People can become addicted to excitement. They find 'normal' people and situations boring.
  9. Do you still feel responsible for others, as you did for the problem drinker in your life?
    There is always the nagging feeling that you were somehow responsible for the alcoholic's drinking. Maybe if you had done something differently . . . .
  10. Do you care for others easily, yet find it difficult to care for yourself?
    You are comfortable in the 'caretaker' role, but extremely uncomfortable doing things for yourself, like spending money on something just for you.
  11. Do you isolate yourself from other people?
    If they get too close, they may find out your 'secrets'!
  12. Do you respond with fear to authority figures and angry people?
    The authority figures in your childhood were probably abusive. You expect the same from all authority figures. When the alcoholic became angry, it usually meant something extreme was about to happen.
  13. Do you feel that individuals and society in general are taking advantage of you?
    You grew up with someone who was an expert at controlling and manipulating everyone around them. Trust is not something that comes naturally.
  14. Do you have trouble with intimate relationships?
    Possibly the only 'love' that you saw demonstrated in childhood was the love the alcoholic had for the bottle.
  15. Do you confuse pity with love, as you did with the problem drinker?
    You may be attracted to people who 'need' you or people you know that you can 'fix'.
  16. Do you attract and/or seek people who tend to be compulsive and abusive?
    Again, normal people bore you and you don't understand them. You are more comfortable around people who you can relate to and won't judge you.
  17. Do you cling to relationships because you are afraid of being alone?
    It may be from your deep-seeded fear of abandonment. One way or the other, your alcoholic parent emotionally or physically abandoned you for the bottle.
  18. Do you mistrust your own feelings and the feelings expressed by others?
    How many times have you heard, "I'm sorry. It won't happen again." But it did!
  19. Do you find it difficult to identify and express your emotions?
    You were told that it was not okay to cry. You were never allowed to be angry and if you were, you faced serious consequences or ridicule.
  20. Do you think parental drinking may have affected you?
    Not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic. But it would be extremely difficult to grow up around excessive drinking and not be somehow affected.

If you answered Yes to any of these questions, Al-Anon may help.

AAC Meetings will help you to:

 Recognise The part an alcoholic parent played in your life.
 Explore Your family history including some embarrassing or even devastating events.
 Recover Through the honest sharings expressed at meetings discover yourself, work the program and apply the suggested Twelve Steps as a new path, it may lead you to fresh insight.

For a Meeting Schedule in your Area click below:

Western Cape :

  (021) 595-4517

Town/Suburb Address When Time
RONDEBOSCH St Michaels Church
Rouwkoop Road
Wednesday 20:00 hrs

Gauteng - Johannesburg :

  (011) 683-8002

Town/Suburb Address When Time
St Francis Methodist Church
Cnr Durris and Talton Roads
Forest Town


18:30 hrs

Click here to find an updated meeting near you

Gauteng - Pretoria :

  (012) 322-6067

Town/Suburb Address When Time
Brooklyn Methodist Church
209 Murray St
Thursday 18:30 hrs
Gereformeerde Church Hall
485 17th Avenue
1st and 3rd
Tuesday of
the month
18:15 hrs

  If there isn't a meeting in your suburb or town or you are unable to attend regular meetings, contact our Area Office to find out about our Loners Fellowship.

When family and friends of problem drinkers meet, we give hope and comfort to one another, to learn how to live comfortably in spite of the effects of the disease of alcoholism.

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