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.
My husband and I first stepped into the room of an Al‑Anon meeting just over a year ago. We were greeted by friendly people and felt a small glimmer of hope. In spite of the chaos of our home situation with an alcoholic daughter and the racing of our minds trying to find solutions to our problem, we felt a palpable sense of warmth and acceptance. Here was a safe place among people who understood the impact the disease of alcoholism has on a family. We couldn’t help but notice the peace and serenity on the faces of some of the longtime members of the group, and wondered if it was even possible to attain that kind of joy in our own lives.