Before coming to the meetings, I found myself seemingly hopeless in many situations. Whenever something good happened, I wouldn’t believe it was going to last, and when something bad happened I thought it would last forever. After hearing the stories of some of my new family in Alateen and Al Anon, I learned that the bad times could go on for a while but eventually if I keep pushing on with a positive attitude I could direct myself to living a better and happy life. That gives me hope. I need to be positive about the future.