Recently at a meeting I attended, the topic was hope. The Chairperson shared her thoughts on what hope meant to her by breaking down the meaning of the word letter by letter. Here’s what she shared:
H = I hear others share their courage, strength and hope, which can benefit me on my road to recovery.
O = I open my heart and mind to different ideas and become willing to consider that what has helped others may help me, too.
P = I practice what I learn using the Steps, Serenity Prayer, slogans and other program tools to gain peace of mind.
E = I educate myself about the disease of alcoholism, so I can better understand what my loved one is going through. And I use Al‑Anon Conference Approved Literature to work toward recovery.
By Linda C., New Brunswick
The Forum, January 2018
Well said, thank you for sharing these beautiful words.
My mother began her sobriety when I was sixteen years old. I was only just beginning to understand what had been going on my whole life. At the same time, I was beginning to start a life of my own. Mom began attending meetings right away, and continued for the last 20yrs of her sobriety. She told me it was a disease, though I couldn’t see how, and she invited me to meetings with her. I enjoyed this time with her very much. Over the years, she began to chair meetings and became a sponsor to many. She, again two… Read more »
My daughter is 15, I’m not sure how to suggest this to her. We live in Wy. and there isn’t much support here or any that I know of for teens. I have been alcoholic for all of her life. Sober 5 years. Intoxicated the last 5, sober now 8 months due to jail and treatment, we have been back together 3 weeks. I can’t say anything you all haven’t heard. She is wonderful, I want and desire her the support.