Steady On

Recently, I was walking my Golden Retriever and slipped on some ice that was covered by a thin layer of snow. I pulled on my dog’s leash and it steadied me. I didn’t fall. It occurred to me that, like that leash, I can use the tools in Al Anon to keep me on my feet. You see, at the time, my husband of 46 years had been told by the ER doctor that, if he continued to drink, the next drink could kill him. Al‑Anon assured me that, if he slipped, I wasn’t going to fall. Instead, I could “Let Go and Let God.” I have tools to guide me, so that I can stay on own my path to recovery.

By Janet C., Saskatchewan

The Forum, March 2018

2018-02-27T15:54:41+00:00February 27, 2018|Categories: Alcoholic Spouse or Partner, The Forum|


  1. Vicky April 2018 at 12:18 pm

    My husband has had a drinking problem since 2005. In the last few years, it has become so much worse. He drinks excessively every day and night to the point that he can barely stand up. He makes the biggest messes and refuses to clean them up. He’s worse than a toddler. He is physically, mentally and emotionally abusive. I was diagnosed with Lupus a year ago. I am physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. The stress is making my lupus symptoms worse. I feel that if I must leave in order to heal myself. I pray every night for the strength and financial ability to leave this situation. At this point, we haven’t spoken in almost two months. I plan on attending my first Al-Anon meeting on Monday evening. I hope the support from others will help me figure out my path.

  2. miriam April 2018 at 8:33 pm

    I am so over it, my husband’s alcoholic self is getting worse to the point in the last six months I caught him with a prostitute, twice & now grabbing my neck to throw me to the ground. I have nowhere to go so do I keep putting up with it? Also just found out I have lupus. When does it end.

  3. Belkis March 2018 at 9:27 am

    We are powerless over people, places and things.

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