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How I Found My Sponsor

I came to Al‑Anon to find out how to survive my alcoholic family situation. Early in the program, I heard “Keep Coming Back,” so I did. It took time and courage, but I found the hope I was

From One Generation to the Next

Before going to Alateen, I often felt alone and lonely. I did not want anyone outside of my dysfunctional house to know what I was living with. I was always trying to hide or wanting to disappear into

With the Help of Fellow Al-Anon Members

I first came to Al‑Anon looking for a way to “cure” my alcoholic wife, to convince those who enabled her of the seriousness of my wife’s disease, and to be reassured that I was not crazy. To my

The Last Alcoholic

When my mother, whom I called “the last alcoholic” in my life, died at 90, I felt surprisingly lost. All my life, she had been the goalpost I had either run to or from. In her last years, I

A Professional Feels Challenged

Tradition Eight: Al‑Anon Twelfth Step work should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers. One of my best friends committed suicide. As a psychologist by profession, I carried a lot of guilt for not

Privileged to Serve in Prisons

Al‑Anon service in prisons has been a privilege and the most rewarding aspect of service I’ve ever experienced. Sounds totally crazy, right? But in prison meetings, I am privileged to see and know people as they are: broken,

I Found What I Needed

At my first Al‑Anon meeting, people were chatting and laughing. It was hard for me to understand how they could find anything to laugh about. I was miserable. Singlehandedly supporting a family of four, I was angry at

The Strength to Let Go

The most difficult thing a loved one of an alcoholic is asked to do is to let go. For perfectionists and control freaks like myself, it is almost impossible. No mother wants to abandon her child when she

Getting Off the Rollercoaster

The last six years of my life have been a rollercoaster, both physically and emotionally. At times, I have felt like it’s me against the world. I have felt angry, confused, and most of the time, very alone.

A Timeless Tool for Public Outreach

In 2020, significant changes were made to our fellowship’s public outreach magazine Al‑Anon Faces Alcoholism (AFA). Two such changes were to remove the year from the cover and to make the magazine available for purchase throughout the year.

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