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A Clearer Picture

I thought I was so perfect, so I didn’t know why I was so sad and miserable. I grew up in a family with two parents who had a good marriage. My mother spent a lot of energy

Terms Used in Al-Anon Service

World Service Conference (WSC)—Al‑Anon’s annual business meeting, attended by all Delegates from the World Service Con­ference Structure; representatives from other countries; members of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee; and the [World Service Office (WSO)] administrative staff

Finding a Meeting Is Just a Click Away!

On the new WSO website, al-anon.org, you can find Al‑Anon and Alateen meetings throughout the world, online and on the phone on the “Al‑Anon Meetings” menu. “Find an Al‑Anon Meeting” and “Find an Alateen Meeting” Locate physical Al‑Anon

Back to the ODAT

When I came into Al‑Anon, I did so not for the reason often heard at meetings—an alcoholic spouse or partner whose drinking negatively affected me. Instead, I came because I knew I was the problem. I recognized that

The Secret

As I walked into my first meeting my mind screamed with the question—What’s the secret to get my son to stop drinking and using? I had tried everything—counseling, rehab, psychiatry, new schools, and new cars. Nothing worked. He

Hope from My Very First Meeting

When I attended my first Al‑Anon meeting, my denial was so thick I did not recognize there was any alcoholism in my family. I thought the problem was me. It was my good fortune to attend my first

Time for Al-Anon

When I first came to Al‑Anon about a year ago, I had no idea what to expect. My husband was in recovery, and I wanted to find a way to help myself. My first meeting had me hooked

Terms Used in Al-Anon Service

District Meeting—A meeting of [Group Representatives (GRs)], held as necessary in a central location within a District, to elect a District Representative, to hear his reports and to discuss District matters. District Representative (DR)—An incoming, outgoing or active

A Newfound Inner Peace

As the wife of an active alcoholic, I have been awakened hundreds of nights by crashes of glass, yells from the other room, or intrusions into the bedroom where I was attempting to sleep. Usually these would occur

Finally in a Place of Safety

I arrived in Al‑Anon two years ago. I looked it up on the internet because I was desperate. My husband was no longer working and had been drinking off and on for three years. He would stop and

I No Longer Feel Broken

In the years before I came to Al‑Anon, I felt persecuted—first by my own stinking thinking and secondly by the verbal abuse thrown at me by my alcoholic husband. The abuse went on for 18 years. We met