Interviewer: Mary, could you share with us a little bit about what brought you to Al‑Anon Family Groups?
Mary: Uh yes, I was getting free counseling at a rape crisis center in my community; and after I shared a little bit about my daughter’s issues with alcoholism, the counselor got up, went to her desk, came back, and gave me a little green sticky that said “Al‑Anon” with our local Information Services number. Never said a word, just handed it to me. And I just thought, that’s sort of weird. And then a couple of weeks later, I got into it with my daughter at home. And you know, we had words and she finally just said, “Mom, get out of my recovery.” And I’m thinking, this is a sixteen‑year‑old kid telling me it’s not my business.
Interviewer: Wow, profound.
Mary: And I had that Ah‑ha! moment and it clicked, and I said, “You’re right. You know, I only feel ok, and safe, and don’t worry if I know you’re in an A.A. meeting. So, you know, the more meetings you go to a day, or a week, it makes me feel better.” And I just said, “but that’s my problem—not yours.” And so, about a week later, I found a newcomers meeting and I went to that meeting. And I was lucky enough to have an old‑timer that introduced herself and said, “come sit by me, I’ll show you the ropes.” And she said, “what are you doing next Sunday? I’ll meet you here.” And the interesting thing about that lady is, I saw her those two meetings, and she said “my schedule has changed I’m not going to be able to go to this meeting anymore.” I looked high and low for that lady—I don’t know where she is; but she brought me to the rooms so I am grateful.
Interviewer: Yeah. Well, thank you for sharing that with us today.
Mary: You’re welcome.