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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

Surely it ts cause for rejoicing to have the alcoholic find sobriety at last. Yet too many of us assume this means that the bluebird of happiness has taken up permanent residence in our home, and that all problems have vanished.

How this new-found sobriety will affect me will depend largely on how I adjust to it. Am I ready to withdraw from the dominant role I had while the alcoholic could not face family responsibilities? Will I welcome his dedication to AA, and his frequent attendance at meetings? Will I truly cooperate with this miracle by continuing to solve my own emotional problems in Al-Anon?

Today’s Reminder:

I know that the alcoholic is conquering the compulsion to drink and is growing, spiritually and emotionally. My role in our relationship must be to overcome my personal shortcomings, so we can grow spiritually together.

“In a re-inventory, I found I could no longer blame the alcoholic in my life for my soul sickness, my restlessness and my feeling of inadequacy. I will accept my share of responsibility for our troubles, for I have learned, in Al-Anon, that many of them were rooted in my own imperfections.”

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