Category - Family & Friends

Denial

Laura says alcohol has been pervasive in her family; she even recently learned that when her family first arrived in the New World, they operated a whiskey importing business. Laura’s childhood was even more complicated;...

Couldn’t Understand

Irene is a “double winner” – part of a special group of people who are members of the fellowship of both Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. Both her parents and her brothers were daily drinkers. Her father, a...

Addicts Anyway

Dylan grew up in a immediate family in which nobody drank. His mother and his father didn’t drink, although alcoholism had plagued the family generations prior. Despite her non-use of alcohol, Dylan’s mother was in...

Screwed Up

Ananda entered the recovery process via Al-Anon after wanting to end her own life. She grew up in a home with alcoholic and drug-addicted parents. She calls them “hippies” who intended on loving her but really...

Mending Their Broken Wings

Greg has been married three times, to two different women. He married his first wife twice. It seemed to him that all his relationships with women would end the same way; they would leave after he put his heart and soul into...

Loving Versus Rescuing

Like many women, Petra thought love was “taking care of someone”. She always picked men who “needed rescuing”. Petra’s boyfriend was an alcoholic, and she thought he was the only man she could ever...

Fix Dad

Katya’s father is a drug addict. He has years of sobriety under his belt, but the damage done with the relationship with daughter is through. In fact, it was Katya’s father who first brought her to Al-Anon to begin...

I Just Was

Kelly was born and raised in a family of addicts.  Her parents still drink.  Her three brothers are drug addicts, and only two of them are in recovery. Kelly says her parents were functional alcoholics, but relied on alcohol to...

Trust

John is an Al-Anon member, who found he could not be stable in relationships. After time spent in therapy, his counselor suggested he seek solace in the fellowship, considering both his parents were alcoholics who themselves were...

Family Issues

Alex is a returnee, who has come to discuss his experience with yet another 12-step fellowship of which he is a part. Among the others, Alex is a member of Al-Anon, which has helped explore his troubles with relationships due to...

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