The Forum Magazine

The Forum Magazine

Al-Anon's monthly magazine, The Forum, contains many personal stories of inspiration, some of which are made available each month on the Internet by authorization of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.

We recently bought an 84-year-old house. We were drawn to the quality and craftsmanship of the older home, and planned to update it before moving in. Once the previous owners moved out, we were able to see the space more clearly and added to the list of repairs. 

I’m amazed at the Al-Anon program. I enjoy the spiritual awakenings, where an ordinary experience can become extraordinary. I recently had such an experience while returning home from a family reunion.

As an African-American female, entering Al‑Anon was quite a challenge for me. I’m strong in some ways, but I was lost in the way of living and focusing on myself. At the first meeting, I felt uncomfortable because I was the only African-American in the group. I was not that trusting of Caucasians in an all white setting, and I wasn’t sure how genuine or accepting their responses would be.