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.

For as long as I can remember, my father has been the alcoholic in my life. As a child, I didn’t really understand what was going on with him. I thought it was normal for dads to come home late at night, acting funny and different.

I felt so sad when my son called from jail. He had been sober for a whole year when he and his girlfriend had a verbal argument and she called the cops. He was arrested and sent to jail. Consequently, he lost his job and his apartment.

As a young child growing up in an alcoholic home, I had a recurring nightmare. Over and over, the dream woke me up in terror.