Family & Self

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...

Betting On Family

Jeff is a recovering gambling addict, and his adult son Michael is a member of Gam-Anon which has helped him return his own life to his own control after growing up raised by an addict.  Jeff’s own parents were addicts; his...

Scared Of Being Like Dad

Fred’s family was entirely made up of alcoholics. Alcohol was present at every family event, and nobody would only have one drink. Everybody imbibed. But alcohol affected Fred’s father to the point it changed his personality...

Angry

Mark refused to attend an Al-Anon meeting when his therapist first suggested it. Despite his family not being comprised of drinkers, Mark now knows his family was unhealthy. His parents, especially his father, was what is termed...

From The Addict Family

Tia’s father was a cocaine addict, and her mother an alcoholic. She can remember her parents abusing drugs and alcohol as far back as she can remember. She can’t remember a time before that in which her parents were...

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