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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

Once upon a time a despairing husband of an alcoholic joined an Al-Anon group. When he found that the other twelve members were women, he felt a little silly and decided his problem couldn’t be like theirs, so he stayed away and kept on trying to solve it by using the same old weapons that had never worked.

Another man in a like situation was also a little shy of trying to identify with the problems of “a bunch of gals.” But he quickly realized that Al-Anon was offering basic principles that really worked. So he brought a friend, and that friend brought another, and finally everyone gratefully realized that the men in the group gave it a stamina and workability it might never have had otherwise.

Al-Anon is for people—people who have a problem they want to solve by sharing their experiences, strength and hopes with other people. The more varied the experience, the greater the strength and hope.

No matter who you are, if someone in your life is fighting the battle of the bottle, Al-Anon has an answer for you.

“Your wife’s struggle to get free of the grip that alcoholism has on her will probably defy your imagination. No matter how sincerely she tries to do something about it… she meets with the same inevitable failure…”
— from the Al-Anon booklet, What’s Next?

From the book “One Day at a Time in Al-Anon”. © Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. 1973