It feels good to be able to look back to my first Al‑Anon meeting and see how far I have come.
When my son was in a rehabilitation center, I felt such relief to hear that he had a disease. Once I heard that, my mind and my heart opened to the possibility of hope and a brighter future. It was joyous news to hear that I didn’t cause his alcoholism, I can’t cure it, and I can’t control it. Someone gave me a One Day at a Time in Al‑Anon (B‑6) daily reader and a meeting schedule, and encouraged me to attend more meetings.
That is exactly what I did, and it’s what I continue to do with the encouragement of those who came before me. These members continue to give of themselves by offering their unconditional love and sharing their own experience, strength, and hope. Now it is my turn to share my own experience, strength, and hope and to embrace newcomers who walk through the doors of Al‑Anon.
By Julie B., Florida
Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2020
My 23 year old son had started drinking heavily in college and had a couple issues that resulted him being taken to the ER; he went to a psychologist each time and started going to AA meetings even though he has not stopped drinking. He has a good job which he loves so we were happy that he was stabilizing with his intake. A couple of months ago, he just stopped communicating with his dad and me out of the blue. I miss my son and his cute Beagle who used to visit us over the weekends for an hour… Read more »