Before Al-Anon, I was not a happy camper. I was judgmental with everyone in my household. My husband had a problem with alcohol, but I didn’t know then that it is a disease. My dad died from alcoholism at age 42. I have two sisters and one brother, who I helped raise because my Mom went into a deep depression after Dad died. I didn’t want to have to be the grown up in the family, but I felt I had no choice.
Later on, I married a man who was also an alcoholic. One night, he came home and asked for a divorce. I became sick, depressed, and crazy all the time. A friend suggested that I might try Al-Anon, that it might help me. I didn’t know how it could, but I said I’d go. There were only three other people at that meeting. As people started to share, my heart identified with what they said. I cried for the whole hour. They encouraged me to come to six meetings. It has been several decades since then, and I am still going and love everything members give me.
By Carol Ann W., Nova Scotia
The Forum, May 2020
I am struggling with my marriage, he is a narcissistic alcoholic and I am a naive woman who after a lifetime of in and out of relationships with men like my husband, I finally get it after much self reflection and research into human behaviors. If I could only turn back the clock and re-live my life with the knowledge that I have gained. I don’t know which way to go with this; every path is telling me to walk away; however, the thought of walking away, uprooting my life again doesn’t give me much relief. I am sharing my… Read more »
I am absolutely fed up with my husband’s drinking and subsequent behavior. He has totally embarrassed me in front of our guests and family. He thinks he’s funny but he is very condenscending to everyone around him. I am at my wits end.
My story has been very similar. Thirty-nine years later I don’t know where I’d be if not for my precious Al-Anon meetings.