Al-Anon family groups also has a bookmark and it has a drawing of a house with eyes for windows...with tears coming down the cheeks and a downward sad mouth. It says, “If your home is unhappy because someone drinks too much, we can help you.”
On the opposite side it has questions to ask yourself: Am I ashamed of my situation? Do I ever feel embarrassed by the drinker’s behavior? Do I make excuses for the drinker or take on his/her responsibilities? This is just a few of the 9 questions on it. If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Al-Anon may be able to help you.
I answered yes to most of those questions before I got involved with Al-Anon and it did help me. I was so embarrassed most of the time and I did take over the drinker’s responsibilities and/or make excuses for them. I would down right lie. Then I would feel guilty and downright miserable as I knew deep down it was the wrong thing to do. I swore to myself I would not cover for them again. Then next time came and I did again. I finally found Al-Anon and because I was at the end of my rope, it was exactly what I needed.
I became stronger and committed to the program. I worked the steps and read my literature, plus attended the meetings. I don’t ever want to go back to who I was before Al-Anon. We have two meetings in Wautoma, both at Hope Lutheran Church. One is on Mondays at noon and the other is on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Come join us.