Sis Wenger, President/CEO of the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA), took time to share with the Al-Anon WSO her firsthand knowledge of the long-term effects of alcoholism on the family.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month; it is an opportunity for Al-Anon members to help raise awareness about the support families can find at local Al-Anon and Alateen meetings. One way members can do this is by sharing this interview on social media and with local professionals.
Love. I thought love was a feeling and if I didn’t ” feel love” I pretty much wrote you off. Having a child and becoming a parent changed everything. I was baffled, hated myself and punished myself harshly because as the problems of living with the disease I no longer had any feelings of love for my son. Honesty heals so much. I shared these true feelings at a meeting and the women nodded and smiled. Meetings are so important. These members taught me love was not a feeling. What I was describing was behavior I didn’t like it was… Read more »
Obsessions. I had been in recovery for several years before I learned how to control my obsessions over a situation or people. A sponsor told me my obsessions had nothing to do with the present person or situations it’s all about unresolved feelings from the past. She was right. There are always a lot of emotions attached to one of my obsessions. Whenever dealt with the similar feelings of the past my obsessions would go away. Then I could be more rational and objective in my current life.
A wonderful endorsement to be able to show a worried parent or to a meeting member. KD