When I first walked through the doors of Al-Anon, I wasn’t sure why I was there. Members greeted me with friendly hellos and hugs, if I wanted a hug. I didn’t understand the problems in our home but learned about alcoholism at my subsequent meetings and by reading on my own.
I blamed the alcoholic in my life for the unmanageability in our home, but learned in Al‑Anon, “The family situation is bound to improve as we apply the Al-Anon ideas,” and it has!
Feeling ashamed of my home life, I isolated from family and friends. I met members at meetings who understood what I was going through, and I started feeling more comfortable the more meetings I attended.
I’m really glad our doctor suggested I attend Al-Anon. Attending my first meeting was one of the best decisions I made for me! I’m grateful Al-Anon has helped me with my serenity, and in so many ways. I’ll keep coming back!
By Liz, Ontario
Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2019