My life was already in a state of emergency when I first heard about Al‑Anon. I didn’t understand what Al‑Anon was; I just knew that I needed help. My first meeting was daunting. I was very reserved after all the years of living a life that I could not share with any of my friends. It was such a relief, however, to sit in a room where people talked about things I had never dared to say aloud. They seemed to know what I was feeling and what I had been experiencing. It is such a normalizing thing to know that other parents have suffered the same fears I have, survived as many sleepless nights, and been able to talk about the situation openly.
By Patti P., Hawaii
The Forum, July 2019
My son is an alcoholic.
I am the mother of a 33 year old alcoholic male. Over the past 6 years he has become more dependant and I unknowingly enabled him.
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Are there meetings near Lake in the Hills il
Thank you Again and Again. It helps soooo much to know others have the same fears, the same hiccups and most of all the same Progress and Hope.
It took me years to be able to share in meetings – I was just too confused and afraid, but by listening, I learned so much.
Never been on here hoping to find some words of encouragement. My Son is an alcoholic. Single 40 years old and lives like a hermit. He has a friend and her son visiting and she now realizes how bad the situation is. I’m not sure how much I should get involved.. I’m a basket case and something is bound to happen being confronted by her he doesn’t handle his liquor well
Step by step it gets easier. Al-Anon is the first place I ever felt accepted exactly as I am. I am so grateful for this wonderful program!
Thank you, it is still hard to decide what to share. I am afraid that I will be seen as silly. I will try.