I love being a part of a happy, healthy family, which is what my Al‑Anon home group feels like. My home group has accepted me for who I am, where I am, and where I’m going in life. I am surrounded by love and compassion through all my ups and downs. The members of my Al‑Anon group talk things over with me and laugh and cry with me, as I do with them. Our ages and backgrounds vary, but that just makes it interesting and provides more experience to learn from. Now, with hybrid meetings, even more people can join and share their experience, strength, and hope.

Growing up in a very harsh environment, I did not appreciate the members of my family. I didn’t know how to ask for what I needed, or how to express joy or grief. I had people around me, but I didn’t know how to enjoy life with them. As I look back now, it feels strange that my family members didn’t learn to love each other. What a lost opportunity.

Now, through what I’ve learned in Al‑Anon, I get to change that. I’ve learned to appreciate my neighbors and coworkers very much, and I’ve learned to consult and work closely with my religious organization. This sense of belonging came from my home group in Al‑Anon showing love, patience, tolerance, and kindness towards me and all the other members of the group. We are a family that really loves being together.

By Jane P., Florida

The Forum, July 2023


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