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I Was Finally Able to Choose

When I walked into my first Al-Anon meeting, I was convinced that I had no choices about anything. I was convinced I was destined to be stuck taking care of everyone else and that love meant putting everyone

Because I Kept Coming Back

Before Al-Anon, I was not a happy camper. I was judgmental with everyone in my household. My husband had a problem with alcohol, but I didn’t know then that it is a disease. My dad died from alcoholism

Who Is Responsible for Alateen Safety?

Early on in my personal recovery, I thought that our young boys would not need to go to Alateen meetings because they would reap the benefits of the Twelve Steps by osmosis through us—and of course that would be

Calm Where There Had Only Been Anxiety

I came into Al-Anon shortly after my husband and I had been married for ten years. I had tried everything to get him to stop drinking. He didn’t, and he died of liver failure at age 45. I

Into a Life of Sanity

I came to Al‑Anon at the suggestion of a family member who was in recovery. I had become so overwhelmed from the consequences of [my loved one's] alcoholism that I felt I was going insane. I felt so frightened

Time Traveler: My Journey in Al-Anon’s History

Gratitude is the word that sums up my feeling of appreciation to our Cofounders and early volunteers for laying the foundation of our program. I also laughed when I read about Lois W.’s shoe-throwing episode. This is because

I Found a Safe Place

I remember feeling scared before heading to my first Al-Anon meeting. I was afraid I would be reminded of my alcoholic loved one and would start to cry. My mom passed away from the disease of alcoholism when