I will never forget the words I heard at my first Al‑Anon meeting. A member shared the three Cs regarding alcoholism: I didn’t cause it; I can’t control it; and I can’t cure it. I had attended Al‑Anon several years before when my children were young, but I thought I had no problem— my husband did. I left feeling it wasn’t for me. I reached another pit of despair when I found I was the mother of an alcoholic and drug addict. So, there I was, at my first meeting again.

Those three Cs were amazing to me. With them, I felt like a ton of weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I felt so light and free and relieved. I continue to come back, share, and live my program. I am so grateful for Al‑Anon, my serenity, and all my Al‑Anon friends.

By Gerri D., British Columbia

Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2020