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I Get When I Give

When I first started attending Al‑Anon meetings, I was emotionally and physically exhausted from the drama that ruled my marriage. I had just enough energy to drive myself to and from meetings. I had asked a woman from

A Little Wisdom Goes a Long Way

I’m a 61-year-old woman, but my time in Al‑Anon is short—only ten months, so I have little wisdom to share. As a relative newcomer, there seems to be so much to learn about Al‑Anon. The Twelve Steps are

The Priceless Gift of Al-Anon

What if there are people in the meeting that I know? What will they think of us? Will they judge my son? Will they judge me? What if they gossip about us around town? These were the questions

The Persistent Professional

I still very clearly remember getting to my first meeting. I had finally started to realize that I was not going to get my husband to stop drinking. I had already tried everything I could think of and

Hope Kept Me Going

When I first came to Al‑Anon, I knew I was in the right place when I heard the Al‑Anon Suggested Welcome. When the Chairperson read, “We who live, or have lived, with the problem of alcoholism understand as

Finding Our Way Together

I knew my son had a drinking problem even though he didn’t drink in front of me. His lifestyle was indicative of a person who had lost his way. One day he announced that he was going to

Wisdom That Lasts

There were two things that I received pretty early on from the Al‑Anon program. First, I was told that I didn’t need to continue to tell my relatives and friends all of the hardship I was experiencing from

Finding an Alternative to Suicide (Again)

Over the last couple of weeks, I have found myself feeling increasingly inadequate and hopeless. I have been questioning my decisions and feeling incredibly lonely and isolated. Many people experiencing COVID-19 have been feeling isolated and overwhelmed, but

Breaking the Cycle

Walking into my first Al‑Anon meeting, I was nervous, not to mention 15 minutes late. I sat down and started to talk. After the meeting, people came up and hugged me, thanked me for coming, and told me

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