|Oklahoma City Al-Anon Information Services|
Dear New Member,
Welcome! No matter how fearful you are, please donít leave the meeting. I was so scared to go to my first Al-Anon meeting. I had promised myself that Iíd sit in the back of the room and not talk. But when I went into the meeting room, everyone was sitting around a table. The people were friendly and kind, although I was still uneasy. Sure I cried at the meeting. That was because the members were expressing what I was feeling.
The pain and disappointment of living with active alcoholism is unbearable alone. After the meeting, which was an hour, I received hugs before leaving with plenty of literature and membersí phone numbers. One member called me the next day and she soon became my Sponsor. The most important message I took home after my first meeting was that I was powerless over alcohol and it wasnít my fault that my husband drank so much. That was a big weight off my shoulders.
By Madeleine C., Quebec
Reprinted with permission of:
The Forum, Al-Anon Family Group Hdqts., Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.