Best Thing I Ever Did . . .

I joined Al-Anon a few years ago because my husband is an alcoholic.  Earlier this year, someone very close and dear to me became addicted to opiates.  I didn't know how or whether I would get through the devastation this wreaked in my life, and in hers.  Everything I thought I knew was upended - like a tornado through my life and the lives of those I love.  

I became more vigilant about attending meetings, and really started studying the steps.  I'd been having a hard time grasping the concept of a "higher power," and thought of it rather lightly.  With this recent addiction in my family I have clung to my higher power (who is kind of a buddha-type) and take great comfort in its presence in my life.  I turn things over to my HP frequently, every day, and find great peace and comfort from the spiritual support.  I also gain much strength from listening to others' stories and from the support offered by the group.

In my humble opinion, Al-Anon and the 12 Steps of Recovery have something to offer everyone.  They teach us to take good care of ourselves and to mind our own business, or keep the focus on ourselves.  This encourages me to work on myself all of the time, and to try not to worry too much about others.  It brings up the question, "What can I control?" and allows me to let go when the answer is "nothing."  

I have much gratitude for this wonderful program.  I credit it for saving my life, as well as my dearest relative's.
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1 Response Aug 6, 2010

I recently started attending Al-Anon and am grateful also. I look forward to learning and growing more and more. Take care.