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Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2007

I Thought I Was the Only Sane One
With help from friends and coworkers, my wife entered an eight-week recovery program for alcohol and drug abuse. During her stay at the center, my children and I visited on a number of occasions. On one visit I was introduced to a one-week program designed for the relatives of those in treatment. I attended the program and my life changed forever.
I came to realize that my problems weren't unique and my life was indeed out of ocntrol. Prior to my wife's treatment, I thought I was the only sane one around and that I was in control. All was well, other than the problem of the alcoholic wife. I learned I'm not strong enough to control anyone else, just my own actions.
After returning to my home community, I was instrumental in starting up an Al-Anon group. We recently celebrated our First anniversary. It's amazing how my life has changed. Not only do I have the gift of the group's wisdom and support, I can also relate to and share my wife's continued recovery. Our two children, a 13-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, are also an integral part of our family recovery. Barely a day goes by without a thought, slogan, reading, or discussion about the wonders of recovery being shared in our home.
The members' love and understanding make it easier to open up and share even the most difficult of feelings. I can truly say that because of my continued involvement in Al-Anon, I am as happy, content, and serene as I've ever been in my adult life.
Bob S. - British Columbia
Published January, 2007 in Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism
Alcoholism is a family disease. Those of us who live with, or have have lived with, this disease as children or adults sometimes have problems which the Al-Anon program can help us to resolve. If you have answered yes to some of all of the above questions, Al-Anon may be of help to you. You can contact Al-Anon by checking your local telephone directory, or from the Resources page. Phone numbers and Contact Information for the Austin Area are listed on the Contact Page of this website.
These articles were reproduced with permission from 'The Forum', the monthly inspirational newsletter of Al-Anon. Al-Anon World Headquarters, Inc. is located in Virginia Beach, VA. See www.Al-Anon.org for more information.