At my first Al‑Anon meeting, there were 20 women and no men, which confirmed to me that I was probably married to the only female alcoholic in the world. Yes—I was that angry, lonely, and tired. I thought, How could these nice ladies relate to my singular, unique burden? After several meetings with the same group, I realized that their understanding of my misery was spot on. Their experiences were like mine, and I came to see them as kindred spirits.
Today, the Al‑Anon fellowship is an integral part of my life. Service helps me grow in strength and sustains me through life’s challenges. I will never forget those women in my first meeting and will be eternally grateful for their guidance toward my eventual recovery and serenity.
The Forum, June 2020
Reprinted with permission of The Forum, Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters., Inc., Virginia Beach, VA