DEAR ABBY: I am a full-time firefighter, married with two small children, living in a small city. My problem is I have a drinking problem that I hide well from friends and family. Lately, however, it has been getting worse, and I would like to get help.
I know of several AA groups that meet in my area, but because this is a small community, I'm afraid that someone will notice me at one of the meetings, and my problem will be exposed -- and I could possibly lose my job.
Is there any professional help I might be able to get online? -- NEEDS HELP IN VIRGINIA
DEAR NEEDS HELP: Where there's a will, there's a way. You can participate in AA meetings via the Internet by going to www.aa-intergroup.org. It's an Internet chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous where you can join in on audio or e-mail meetings. Another site is www.aaonline.net. You can also Google "Alcoholics Anonymous online" and find a variety of resources. Plenty of help is available if you just reach out for it! Good luck!