When I came to Al‑Anon several months ago, I had no idea of the serenity I would start to enjoy in time. During my first few weeks of attending meetings, I was exhausted, frazzled, and fearful, but I heard the message “Keep Coming Back.” I am mortified by having to speak in a group setting, so I struggled at first. However, I also felt strong condemnation within myself for not sharing. Then someone told me that there are no musts in Al‑Anon. I could say a few words or pass and that was just fine. Now, I am baby-stepping my way to recovery. I can say thanks to the speaker and I can listen with the hope that, when I am ready, I will be able to share my own experience, strength, and hope more deeply from my heart. I am ever so grateful that Al‑Anon is a program of “Progress Not Perfection.”

By Karin W., California

The Forum, June 2019