Sample Chapter

From Denial to Awareness

Alcoholism is often referred to as a disease of denial. We may think this applies only to the alcoholic’s refusal to admit there is a problem. Often, however, the family and friends of the alcoholic also go to extreme lengths to deny either the problem drinking or their own role in enabling the alcoholic.

Chapter One, "Becoming Aware," from . . . In All Our Affairs (B-15) discusses denial and the often slow process we travel to admit the situation in which we find ourselves. In this book, Al-Anon members reveal how applying specific Al-Anon principles helped them through difficult situations that often accompany alcoholism.