INTERVIEWER: Could you share with us a little bit about what brought you to Al‑Anon?
MEMBER: Yeah, I, I was so fearful and full of rage, which is something that I learned growing up in an alcoholic home. I was displaying the same traits that my father had when I grew up. And I was absolutely emotionally devastated. I didn’t have any sense of my own personal identity anymore. That was gone. And I was so fearful. I just didn’t have the tools to cope. Certainly, there was no happiness.
MEMBER: And I was, you know, every night after work, I still would go to work. Dad went to work. So, I went to work. And every night after work, I would just absolutely sob full of isolation and fear and and my sister recommended Al‑Anon. And I had my Higher Power put a meeting three blocks away.
MEMBER: And so I went to my first Tuesday night meeting and really started a recovery journey and realized that my rage and fear was something that I don’t know that I was ever taught it at home, but I learned it from my father. I call him an alcoholic because he calls himself an alcoholic. And he has been a longtime member of the other fellowship.
And so, you know, I can tell you that today I have a happiness, a joy, and a freedom that I absolutely know came from Al‑Anon.