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1 Member Survey Results Al-Anon Family Groups Member Survey Results Al-Anon Family Groups Fall 2006 For the full results click hereclick here

2 Al-Anon Family Groups is a community-based mutual support program for the friends and families of alcoholics. It is open to anyone affected by someone else’s drinking. Since 1984, Al-Anon Family Groups ’ World Service Office (WSO) has conducted a Membership Survey every three years. The 2006 Membership Survey is the eighth study. The findings are an aid to professionals, researchers, students, the media, or anyone seeking information about Al-Anon Family Groups. For further information about Al-Anon Family Groups, contact: Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA Telephone (757) Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters (Canada) Inc., Toronto, Ontario Telephone (613) Toll free Al-Anon meeting information available 8 am to 6 pm ET, Monday – Friday Telephone 888-4AL-ANON ( )

3 Methodology   The survey was conducted in 2006   645 members responded, from almost 6,500 surveys distributed. There are a total of 14,924 Al-Anon groups in the U.S. and Canada   Study results contain a margin of error of +/- 3.4 at the 95% confidence level   For the first time, English-speaking respondents were given the choice of completing the survey on paper or on-line   322 web and 323 paper responses were received   The results were tabulated by Southeastern Institute of Research (SIR), in Richmond, VA

4 Key findings   Professional recommendations continue to play a significant role in getting clients to their first Al-Anon meeting.   82% reported “much improved” mental health and well- being due to Al-Anon   73% reported “much improved” ability to function at home, school, or work due to Al-Anon   58% reported “much improved” overall health due to Al-Anon   Al-Anon members understand the importance of receiving treatment, counseling, or therapy both before and after coming to Al-Anon.   93% recommend Al-Anon to others

5 A few Al-Anon demographics…   85% female   Average age: 55 years □ 5% under 35 □ 41% □ 54% over 54   88% White, 7% Latino, 1% Asian, 1 % African-American, 1% Native-American and 1 % Mixed and 1% Other   58% Married, 15% Divorced, 12% Single, 5% Separated 4% Life partner, 8% Widowed   Employment: □ 11% clerical □ 25% professional or managerial □ 8% homemakers □ 18% retired □ 6% medical □ 8% sales, marketing   Average membership length: 11.3 years   14% are also in Alcoholics Anonymous   20% have left Al-Anon, returning after an average of 4.2 years.

6 Al-Anon members reported that others’ drinking “significantly affected” their daily functioning, health, and mental health Question 11: Another person’s drinking can affect us in many different ways. Please tell us the extent to which each aspect of your health, listed below, has been affected by someone’s drinking. The scale used in this question is 1 (completely unaffected) to 5 (extremely affected)

7 33% said their overall health status was “extremely affected” by others’ drinking 33% said their overall health status was “extremely affected” by others’ drinking Question 11: Another person’s drinking can affect us in many different ways. Please tell us the extent to which each aspect of your health, listed below, has been affected by someone’s drinking. NOTE: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. n = 611

8 40% said their daily functioning was “extremely affected” by others’ drinking Question 11: Another person’s drinking can affect us in many different ways. Please tell us the extent to which each aspect of your health, listed below, has been affected by someone’s drinking. NOTE: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. n = 606

9 65% said their mental health and well-being was “extremely affected” by others’ drinking Question 11: Another person’s drinking can affect us in many different ways. Please tell us the extent to which each aspect of your health, listed below, has been affected by someone’s drinking. NOTE: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. n = 616

10 Al-Anon members reported significant improvements in daily functioning, overall health, and mental health Question 11a: Please indicate below the effect, if any, Al- Anon has had on these same aspects of your health. The scale used in this question is 1 (much worse) to 5 (much improved)

11 58% reported “much improved” overall health status Question 11a: Please indicate below the effect, if any, Al-Anon has had on these same aspects of your health. NOTE: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. n = 615

12 73% reported “much improved” daily functioning at home, school, or work Question 11a: Please indicate below the effect, if any, Al- Anon has had on these same aspects of your health. NOTE: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. n = 609

13 82% reported “much improved” mental health and well-being Question 11a: Please indicate below the effect, if any, Al- Anon has had on these same aspects of your health. NOTE: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. n = 617

14 58% received treatment, counseling, or therapy before coming to Al-Anon In 2006, 58% of respondents report receiving treatment before coming to Al-Anon. In 2003, only 47% received some form of treatment. n = 635 Question 7: Did you receive any treatment, therapy, or counseling before coming to Al-Anon?

15 76% said treatment, counseling, or therapy before Al-Anon was important Overall mean based on a 1 to 5 scale for members is 3.9. NOTE: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. n = 359

16 58% have received treatment, counseling, or therapy since coming to Al-Anon Question 9: Are you receiving or did you receive any treatment, counseling, or therapy since coming to Al- Anon? In 2006, 58% of respondents report receiving treatment since coming to Al-Anon. In 2003, only 50% had received some form of treatment since coming to Al-Anon. n = 626

17 80% said their treatment, counseling, or therapy since coming to Al-Anon is important Overall mean based on a 1 to 5 scale for members is 4.0 NOTE: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. n = 358

18 Family members and therapists were most important influence in referring members to their first Al-Anon meeting* *2 years or less n = 429 Recommendations are 64% personal 36% professional

19 A.A. members were second-most important influence in referring members to their first Al-Anon meeting * *2 years or less NOTE: Not all respondents chose a “second most important” influence and therefore percentages do not total 100%. n = 429

20 Al-Anon members identify who the alcoholic(s) are in their lives* In 2003: 52% current spouse 48% parent 42% other relative 38% friend, 35% brother/ sister 31% grandparent 28% former spouse 26% child 16% employer/ employee 13% partner/lover 3% fiancé/ fiancée. *More than one response could be given NOTE: 2003 question included “is or has been in the past.”

21 Al-Anon members identify the A.A. member(s) in their lives* *More than one response could be given A significant portion of the people reported by Al-Anon members to be alcoholics seek help through Alcoholics Anonymous n = 645

22 Al-Anon members identified the active duty military, reserves, or retired military person(s) in their lives n = 645 According to the data, alcoholism does not appear to be related to the family members of military in a meaningful way.

23 Concluding Remarks   Al-Anon members report that their health is affected by the drinking of family members and close friends.   Al-Anon members report that their daily functioning, overall health, and mental health is improved due to Al- Anon.   Al-Anon members understand the importance of receiving treatment, counseling, or therapy both before and after coming to Al-Anon. This result speaks to the significance of continued treatment in conjunction with Al-Anon in the recovery process.


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