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 was born into our family’s disease of alcoholism. I never thought there was anything unusual about the way I grew up. There was a lot of celebrating and a lot of drinking, but also a lot of laughter and love in our family. I had a good education and I wore nice clothes. I never realized that my life had been affected by alcoholism until I was an adult.
I joined Al‑Anon for the sake of my kids. I wanted to break the cycle of alcoholism so they wouldn’t grow up with it, as I had. Now, I know that I’m in Al‑Anon for me, and recovery has improved my relationship with my children in the bargain. Here is one simple example of how it works.