Al‑Anon: the best thing I’ve done for myself

After living with alcoholism for the first 25 years of my marriage, I found myself dealing with our teenage son’s drinking. My husband had stopped drinking, yet our lives were full of chaos, more and more each day. Fortunately, a court-ordered counselor for our son recognized the need my husband had for A.A. but, more importantly, the need I had for Al‑Anon. It was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself—one of the toughest and most rewarding.

I found hope that I could survive. I found compassion and friendship. I found tools and principles to use in all aspects of my life. I detached from the chaos. I let others deal with the consequences of their behavior. I took control of my life with Al‑Anon literature, slogans, and Steps.

I live my life today using Al‑Anon suggestions. Every morning, I read, pray, and meditate. I have contact with other members. I look forward to at least three meetings a week, and participate in Al‑Anon functions as much as possible. My serenity depends on my Al‑Anon practices. Our family is healing from the effects of alcoholism “One Day at a Time.”

By Anne W., Idaho
The Forum, December 2014