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.

I am early in my recovery, and already I see when and where the disease of alcoholism grabbed a hold of me. My parents were alcoholics and addicts, and my extended family was full of the same. I suffered through the twists of manipulation and lies my entire life.

I’ve been a member of Al-Anon for six years. I serve as our group treasurer, and I try to reach out to group members between meetings. Every once in a while, I am reminded about how keeping the focus on myself, and showing up at meetings matters to those around me.

My mother didn’t drink, but devoted her life to my father, who liked to drink. As a child, the middle of three girls and one younger brother, I found myself feeling sympathy for my father. I blamed the beatings I got from him on my mother.