I remember the first few meetings I went to in Al‑Anon. I had no idea what anyone was talking about, and I felt totally lost. I came from an alcoholic family, had married an alcoholic, and had alcoholic children. My husband ran away from home and left me several hundred thousand dollars in debt. I went to an Al‑Anon meeting in search of answers—to fix my family. I stayed because I heard these words in the Closing—“though you may not like all of us, you’ll love us in a very special way—the same way we already love you.” I was shocked! I was in a room full of strangers, and they loved me. I found my answers in a fellowship of unconditional love. I never thought it could happen to me.

By Anonymous

The Forum, January 2019