The Forum Magazine

The Forum Magazine

Al-Anon's monthly magazine, The Forum, contains many personal stories of inspiration, some of which are made available each month on the Internet by authorization of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.

I was born into our family’s disease of alcoholism. I never thought there was anything unusual about the way I grew up. There was a lot of celebrating and a lot of drinking, but also a lot of laughter and love in our family. I had a good education and I wore nice clothes. I never realized that my life had been affected by alcoholism until I was an adult.

It’s taken me a while to understand the depths of my need for this Al‑Anon program. My husband has been in A.A. and sober now for almost four years. He’s still an alcoholic though, and I’m still a poster child for Al‑Anon.

I joined Al‑Anon for the sake of my kids. I wanted to break the cycle of alcoholism so they wouldn’t grow up with it, as I had. Now, I know that I’m in Al‑Anon for me, and recovery has improved my relationship with my children in the bargain. Here is one simple example of how it works.