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SHARING OUR STORIES

 

We come to Al-Anon for many reasons and from varied circumstances. Despite our differences, we find we have much in common. Although our stories differ, we share an understanding that can not be found anywhere else. If you are new to Al-Anon or thinking about what Al-Anon may be able to offer to you, we hope the following stories will help you know that you are not alone, and encourage you to try our program and attend a meeting.

 

District 5 Al-Anon stories

Alateen member’s stories

Stories by young members  

Al-Anon Adult Children stories

Stories by parents

Stories from bereaved members  

Stories by survivors of violence

Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism

Stories from the Forum 

 

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District 5 Al-Anon members and District 5 web site visitors share their personal stories of experience, strength and hope!

If you are an Al-Anon member and would like to share your story on this page – or maybe you’re willing to consider it? - please contact us!

 

These stories have been contributed by District 5 members or other Al-Anon members visiting the District 5 site. We are grateful to the authors for sharing their experience, strength and hope on our story page!

 

Jody’s Story” Website Visitor

Georgia’s story – the telephone voice of Al-Anon in District 5

A personal experience of how Al-Anon helps a member at work

My Story

Living With Sobriety

Barb’s Story 1” (written in 2006. Please note: Barb contributed a second story in 2008, posted on our Grief and Loss page.)

Denial Is Not A River In Egypt

 

Alateen stories!

Alateen is Al-Anon’s recovery program for young people (most often teenagers up to age about 19 years) who are living with or affected by the problem drinking of another person. 

If you are an Alateen member and would like to share your story on this page – or maybe you’re willing to consider it? - please contact us!

w  Stories from Alateen members are posted on our Alateen page.

 

Stories by Young People in Al-Anon 

w Stories from young members of Al-Anon are posted on our young adults page.

 

Stories by Al-Anon Adult Children

w Stories from Al-Anon members who are adult children of alcoholics are posted on our Al-Anon Adult Children page. 

           

Parents who are members of Al-Anon share their stories! 

Many people come to Al-Anon because their son(s) or daughter(s) or stepchild/stepchildren or foster child/children, or a grandchild, niece, nephew, or a child they are raising, is or may be alcoholic. Some share their stories here:

From District 5 Al-Anon members:

w Denial Is Not A River In Egypt.

w Barb’s Story ”1” (written in 2006. Please note: Barb contributed a second story in 2008, posted on our Grief and Loss page.)

 

From the Forum, Al-Anon’s monthly magazine:

 

w I no longer need my daughter’s sobriety to be happy.

w I stopped blaming myself for my son’s drinking.

w I found what was best for my son-and for me.

w Mother finds the courage to say ‘no’.

w Daughter, I love you enough to let you go.

w Feeding a mother’s hungry heart.

w I can see clearly now.

w A mother struggles with her daughter’s alcoholism.

w I am back at Step One – a mother’s path to serenity.

w Mother’s hands-off approach was key to son’s recovery.

w Overcoming grief, despair, and anger-a father’s tale.

w My spiritual awakening-while worrying about my alcoholic daughter.

w From denial to acceptance-a mother’s struggle with adult daughter’s drinking.  

w I learned to love my alcoholic son-unconditionally.

w My son’s alcoholism affects my granddaughter - who needs my love and support

w Trading fortune cookie wisdom for Al-Anon.

w Getting out of the way of my son’s recovery.

w From despair to recovery-a mother’s journey.

w Parents found help after son left treatment center.

w A mother sheds her guilt and finds hope in Al-Anon.

w Al-Anon helped ease a mother’s worry and guilt.

w Chasing cars – from insanity to recovery.

w Letting go and grieving the loss of a child to alcoholism.

w At first, I didn’t think I belonged in Al-Anon.

w Letting go of my teenage daughter—my First Step. 

w The treatment center helped, even though her son still drinks.

w Understanding alcoholism after suffering years of emotional abuse and overeating.

w A father found help when he learned how to listen.

w Parents found help after son left treatment center.

reprinted with permission of The Forum, © Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA. All Rights Reserved.

 

Stories from members who have lost a loved one to death from alcoholism or alcohol-related causes

w  We have a page that is dedicated to people grieving the loss of someone they love due to death related to alcohol problems. Please click here to read the stories posted on our Grief and Loss page.

 

Stories by Al-Anon members who are survivors of violence

To read about what Al-Anon suggests to people facing violence, please click here. Stories from Al-Anon members who are survivors of violence are posted below:

 

w My decision to get off the train…

w Forgiving myself was the only path to serenity.

w After dark days, she found hope.

w Overcoming my inner emptiness.

w Escaping the attraction of abusive alcoholics: how I got better.

w From violence and abuse to serenity in Al-Anon.

w From abusive relationships to personal serenity.

           

Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism

Al-Anon publishes an annual outreach magazine, “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism.” This magazine has information about Al-Anon and Alateen, stories from Al-Anon and Alateen members, and perspectives on Al-Anon/Alateen written by people in various helping professionals. Please click here to be linked to Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2014 posted on the Al-Anon World Services site. 

 

Al-Anon Member’s Stories from the Forum, Al-Anon’s monthly magazine

Al-Anon’s monthly magazine, the Forum, includes inspiring personal stories written by Al-Anon members from around the world. Articles express member’s personal views and experiences, not necessarily the opinions of Al-Anon as a whole.  In keeping with Tradition 11, authors are not identified by their full name.  We will print new stories from the Forum every month – so please check back!

 

December 2013 Forum Stories

- Grateful for the small things, thankful for all things.

- I was powerless over my son’s life—and death.

- I first went to Alatenn to please my mom.

November 2013 Forum Stories

- A father’s ultimatum.

- I found a health way to relate to my dad.

- Serenity: my resting place between joy and sadness.

October 2013 Forum Stories

- Compassion led me to acceptance, then love.

- The ‘good luck’ penny: trying it Mum’s way.

- I no longer need my daughter’s sobriety to be happy.

September 2013 Forum Stories

- Al-Anon is for everyone.

- I stopped blaming myself for my son’s drinking.

- Easing my pile of hurt—one shovelful at a time.

August 2013 Forum Stories

- Leaving the past behind.

-  My employee’s drinking was effecting her work and my well-being.

- My son’s suicide—the ultimate price of my family’s struggle with alcoholism.

July 2013 Forum Stories

-  The Serenity Prayer: a hard-won battle.

-  I found what was best for my son-and for me.

- On the other side of grief and loss.

 

All stories in the Forum area of this page are reprinted with permission of The Forum, © Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.

All Rights Reserved.

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