MEMBER: I had taken my two young daughters at the time to see a child social worker, when I first became aware of some of the issues in our family. And she had suggested that I go to an Al‑Anon meeting, and there was one that very night. And when I went to my first meeting, I really, honestly believed that the social worker must have called these women and told them my story. Because how else could you explain that they were telling things, as they went around the room sharing, that I had never shared with another human being in my life – save for that social worker that I had seen just a few hours earlier. Of course, that wasn’t what had happened, but I felt for the first time that I wasn’t alone – that I found a group of people that had fully understood and appreciated how I was feeling. And that, in and of itself, gave me hope.
INTERVIEWER: Thank you, thank you for sharing.