Benefits of attending an Al-Anon open chat room include that meetings are virtually continuous and accessible day or night as need arises, there are no geographical or transportation restrictions, and they act as a good supplemental option on the recovery journey. Additionally, they offer anyone with an Internet connection the ability to chat in real time so that he can access help, support and fellowship when he needs it most.
Al-Anon is a sister program to Alcoholics Anonymous that allows family and friends of problem drinkers to find understanding and support with others in similar situations. Other benefits of attending an Al-Anon online meeting are that, just like with in-person meetings, it’s affordable, charges no membership fees or dues, maintains a similar level of anonymity and may provide a less stressful or anxiety-inducing way to begin the journey of recovery and healing.
Though Online Al-Anon is not a full substitute for Al-Anon Family Group membership because it does not offer true person-to-person interactions with others in recovery, the chat rooms benefit those with physical restrictions and limitations that make it very difficult to come to in-person meetings and provides a supportive community to members who are alone in the process due to rural locations with limited availability for face-to-face meetings.