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.

When I came to Al‑Anon, I was angry and frustrated about so many things. Guilt motivated most of my behavior. My heart was torn over my children’s and grandchildren’s journey. We were all suffering.

I’ve always approached life with an attitude of, “If I just hang in there long enough, things will work themselves out. Everything will be okay.” I think there’s a grain of truth in this attitude, but it’s just a tiny grain.

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.