Interview with an Al-Anon member about her experiences dealing with family members’ alcoholism

Welcome to First Steps to Al-Anon Recovery from Al-Anon Family Groups. This is a series of podcasts to discuss some common concerns for people who have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

This podcast features an interview with an anonymous Al-Anon member who shares about her experiences in dealing with alcoholism in loved ones, and how Al-Anon helped.

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2 comments on “Interview with an Al-Anon member about her experiences dealing with family members’ alcoholism”

  1. Loren says:

    My husband is an alcoholic. We have been married 26 years. He lost his father at age 49, brother at age 47 – who just both happened to drink every day. I really thought losing his brother last year would have scared him into quitting. He is 46.

    Our oldest son is getting married next year. I am afraid he will not live to see it. He is drinking and driving every day and I just don’t know what to do. We can’t afford to live separately now. As much as I want a divorce, we have a 17 and 11-year-old still at home. I just can’t hang on much longer. He is not the same person I married.

    My father died of alcoholism. I can’t stand to be around it. Thankfully he doesn’t get violent or angry. He just acts goofy, then falls asleep. Recently he has left the oven on. I don’t trust him alone or with my kids.

    He seems to be moving backwards in age. He knows better than to drink and drive, but says the power over him to drink is so strong. I have hatred for this disease and get very angry. Rage comes out and I want to hit, scream and now I just want out.

    He will not go to A.A. I don’t think I am the one with the drinking problem, so I don’t know why I should go if he is not going to get better.

  2. Lauren says:

    I stumbled across this podcast while looking for information on what Al-Anon is and how it might help me. I appreciate so much hearing Julie’s story. I’m feeling hopeful that however this all turns out perhaps even if my husband doesn’t seek the help he needs, I’ve found some help for myself. Looking forward now to my first meeting on Friday and hopeful I will find the same support and acceptance Julie described. Thank you.

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