My son was an alcoholic who had lost seven jobs in six years. I worried about him from the time I woke up until restless sleep overtook me. One night at about 2 am, I saw an ad that asked, “Does someone else’s drinking affect you?” I felt electrified. When I made my way to my first Al‑Anon meeting, in the darkness I saw a welcoming sign—“Al‑Anon meeting at 8pm.” The people there made me feel at home; they did not judge me. When the time came for sharing, I was amazed. They were speaking my story! I felt that a huge load was lifted off my shoulders. I liked the fact that everyone there was a real person who faced the problem of alcoholism with courage and dignity. I felt supported and cared for, and I have been back every week since then. What a wonderful, life-saving program. Finally, I was home.

By Joe T., Ontario

The Forum, November 2018