Following Al-Anon Basics

When I attended my first Al‑Anon meeting, I was tired and full of despair. The last 18 years of living in the active disease of alcoholism had taken its toll. I didn’t know what to expect from the meeting, but I was willing to listen. During that meeting, I heard Al‑Anon members share some basic information:  Go to meetings, read Al‑Anon literature, get a Sponsor, use your Sponsor, work the Steps, pray and meditate daily, get involved in service and “Keep Coming Back.” None of it really made any sense, but I decided to go back to the next meeting. That was 24 years ago.

What I discovered over time was that those simple suggestions changed my life. By going to meetings and listening to others share their experience, strength and hope, I learned that I was neither alone nor unique. Others had experienced the same or similar circumstances. Reading Al‑Anon literature gave me an understanding of the disease of alcoholism and how it had affected me. Developing a relationship with a Sponsor helped me to openly share my deepest, darkest secrets.

As I worked the Steps, I eventually understood how my behaviors, attitudes and perceptions affected my life in unhealthy ways. I realized that I could change by developing a relationship with a God of my understanding. Through daily prayer and meditation, letting go of my self-will became easier. Eventually, I got involved in service. I came to appreciate the broad influence of Al‑Anon throughout the world and the importance of following the Al‑Anon principles.

 

By Sheri S., Kansas
The Forum, July 2017

 

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