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.

I have fond memories of my childhood. My father, whom I loved very much, was the center of my universe. He was loved by all—family and friends. He was well-educated and very intelligent. However, even as a ten-year-old, I could see how his life was shrinking, and how he’d become trapped inside his addiction to drink. It made him weak, unable to function and live a healthy life, or provide for his family.

My boss told me that I needed to go to Al‑Anon. He said I wasn’t handling customers who had been drinking in a proper way. I admit that I was mad at them when they walked in the door and saw that they weren’t exactly sober. I was dealing with my own drunken husband all the time, but couldn’t yell at him. It would just have made matters worse.

My beautiful son had successfully entered the honors college in our state, and had never given me any cause for concern. But this new college-life brought changes, including drinking. The downward spiral led to three separate suicide attempts.