MEMBER: A year after my husband got sober, we had to go to a wedding. And he had some health issues, so he had lost a ton of weight. And it was really, you know, “Oh there’s gonna be a lot of alcohol there,” and the family, and all the expectations. And we talked about it before hand. “Okay, let’s go in two cars,” in case he wanted to leave early, and I supported him through that. And some of our family members knew, because he was open about his recovery. And it was a hard time to be there with all the family asking questions and the alcohol, but because we had kind of said, “There’s a way out. We can leave or we can stay.” And other things, our socializing has changed a little bit. Our circle of friends that kind of alters, and I think a lot of it for me, is I give my husband the heads up. Like, “Oh, so and so has invited us to dinner, and they said other couples will be there,” and again, Al‑Anon has kind of given us, or at least given me, some guidelines; and I don’t have to follow them, but I keep them filed away as helpful tools for, you know, just dealing with situations.
MODERATOR: Yes, yeah definitely, by using those tools to help you, thank you.