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.

After living with alcoholism for the first 25 years of my marriage, I found myself dealing with our teenage son’s drinking. My husband had stopped drinking, yet our lives were full of chaos, more and more each day. Fortunately, a court-ordered counselor for our son recognized the need my husband had for A.A. but, more importantly, the need I had for Al‑Anon. It was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself—one of the toughest and most rewarding.

Being the parent of two children with addiction issues is heart wrenching. Knowing where to turn for help can be daunting. However, since becoming involved with Al‑Anon, my life has become more manageable, my relationships with my children and my spouse are improving, and I’m happier!

Walking down the hallway of the building where I worked many years ago, I still clearly remember the feelings of desperation and helplessness swirling in my deepest being as I tried to cope with the effects of living with alcoholism. Just to survive emotionally was a losing struggle. I had lost my sense of self and could find no reason to experience joy. I felt I was in a pit with no way to climb out. My job was the only place where I found order, stability, and any sense of being valued.