Are you a child living in an adult body? Did you grow up in a family where someone abused alcohol? If someone close to you had a drinking problem, you may recognize some of the following questions to help you determine whether alcoholism affected your childhood or your present life.
Do you still feel responsible for others? Do you find it easy to take care of others, yet hard to take care of yourself? Do you have a need for perfection? Do you overextend yourself? How about criticism, how do you handle that? Are you isolating yourself? How about compulsive people, do you seek and attract them? How about clinging to a relationship because you’re afraid of being alone? Do you think, maybe, parental drinking may have affected you? Al-Anon may help you.
When I arrived at the doors of Al-Anon, I got one of these leaflets that have these questions and more for you to answer to yourself. You will figure it out. For me, the ‘Aha’ moment lit the light bulb and I understood what was going on with me.
I no longer wanted to live with myself, as my life was in chaos and I needed help. These people understood what I was going through. They just kept telling me to keep coming back.
They loved me, even when I was unlovable. They gave me their phone number and wanted me to call them. My friends did not want to hear it. So, therefore, I had no one to call. It was so important they wanted to help me.
Come join us and see if it helps you. Give it six meetings. I heard things I did not want to hear, but I was stubborn enough that I would show them and kept returning. I am so grateful I did...it changed my life.
We have meetings every Monday at noon and Wednesday evening at 6:30 at Hope Lutheran Church, Wautoma. Look forward to seeing you.
Peace of the program,