I recently celebrated my eighth anniversary in the Al-Anon program, and I’m a very grateful member. I look back at my first meeting and smile, knowing that my Higher Power played a part in getting me there and having me hear just what I needed to hear.
The room was very full of people. I was so sad and afraid. My best friend was with me; we sat in the back row, close to the corner. My head was down and my shoulders were slumped. I was barely able to say my name as everyone went around the room for introductions.
The topic was “Let Go and Let God.” My friend and I were amazed. I remember feeling better that day, just being in the room. I kept coming back, wanting to feel even better. I read some Al-Anon literature and found all of my secrets exposed. These people knew everything I had done and loved me anyway.
They knew about my threats to leave the alcoholic, how I poured alcohol down the drain, and how I drank with him so there wouldn’t be as much. They knew about my searches in the garage for hidden bottles. I realized that not only was I not alone, but that these strangers understood me and loved me. I kept attending week after week and started feeling much better.
My life has totally changed from that winter eight years ago. I am no longer afraid. I have the strength to take care of myself and my children.
I have faith that things will work out just the way they are supposed to. I will be forever grateful for a room full of strangers at that first meeting and to the Al-Anon program for giving me back my life.
By Diana B., Oregon
I’ve been a very grateful member of al-anon for eight years. It’s really helped me a lot. I grew up with an alcoholic father who was emotionally and mentally abusive. It took me a long time to understand that he had mental problems. I also have an addict son. That was even more stressful for me. I couldn’t change my father because he passed away a long time ago. There was no closure with him. But, when it came to my son I didn’t know what to do. I tried to change him as best I could. Nothing worked. I… Read more »