INTERVIEWER: Magdalena, can you share with us why you came to Al‑Anon?
MEMBER: I came to Al‑Anon because a therapist suggested it was a good program for me. All of my relatives were using drugs and drank alcohol uncontrollably, especially my husband. My husband was in prison.
And I got to a point where alcoholism had affected me so much that I decided life wasn’t worth living. So, I made up my mind that I was going to kill my children and take my own life because I felt so hopeless.
I remembered that the therapist had suggested that I go to Al‑Anon and I came to Al‑Anon desperate. I didn’t know how but I had a great desire to go on and I knew that Al‑Anon was going to help me.
INTERVIEWER: And what did you learn in Al‑Anon?
MEMBER: Coming to Al‑Anon, I learned that alcoholism was a disease and that it had affected me since I was a child because I had lived with my father who is an alcoholic. Later I married an alcoholic and my grandfather is also an alcoholic.
I learned that it was a family disease and that there were Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts that would help me move forward. I learned how to love myself and I learned that if I didn’t love myself, I couldn’t love anyone else. I loved my children very much and I learned that I had to take care of myself first so that I could then take care of my children.