These People Are Just Like Me

“These people are just like me.”
At my first Al‑Anon meetings, I was angry. I had been court-ordered to attend and thought I didn’t need to go. I sat in the meetings with my arms across my chest, thinking, “What do these people have in common with me?”
Then we read out loud, How Al‑Anon Works for Families & Friends of Alcoholics (B-32). I sat up in my chair, uncrossed my arms and listened for the first time. “We lose the ability to say no,” I heard. That did it. These people are just like me. They do understand my struggles.
Now, I look forward to meetings. These one-time strangers, even the newcomers, are my friends.

Misty C., California

2017-08-14T14:05:55+00:00August 10, 2017|Categories: Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism, Alcoholic Spouse or Partner|

One Comment

  1. Melissa S. January 2018 at 4:05 pm

    I really am at the end of my rope trying to deal with my spouse’s drinking problem.

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