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 perhaps few others can,” I felt hope for the first time in a very long time. I noticed that the group members seemed at ease. I was the opposite. I was anxious and my stomach was in knots all of the time. Because of the comfort and warmth I felt at my first meeting, I kept going back. Today, I am so glad I did, even though it felt inconvenient and a little uncomfortable at the time.

By Allison T., Oklahoma

The Forum, October 2020

Reprinted with permission of The Forum, Al‑Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.

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