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.

When I first came to Al‑Anon, my life was like a wrecked car that had long since been abandoned and left in a field to rust. I was looking for a quick fix to my problems, like someone looking for a new car. I did not care what it cost. If I got a new car, I would have driven it right back into the same demolition derby that was my marriage, because that was all I knew.

I attended occasional Al‑Anon meetings through the years, but what brought me to Al‑Anon with a willingness to surrender was the realization that, despite several years in another Twelve Step program, I was again hopeless, helpless, and my life was out of control.

A newcomer to our meeting was clearly upset when we referred to alcoholism as a disease. She insisted it was just a choice.