Have you wondered why someone would choose Al-Anon? Or why those “long timers” keep on coming?
Spencer and Amy tell their stories of coming to Al-Anon, and the reasons they're still coming years later. We used this outline to guide our conversation.
- What brought you to Al-Anon originally?
- What was your situation?
- Was there active alcoholism in your life at the time?
- What was your relationship to the alcoholic(s) in your life?
- How did you “hit bottom”?
- What was your first meeting like?
- What did you expect?
- How were your expectations met?
- How were they not met?
- Did you keep coming back after your first meeting?
- Why or why not?
- How and when did you start to understand what the program was about?
- What did it mean to you?
- Did you find help for the situation that brought you to Al-Anon?
- Was it the kind of help you had expected?
- How long have you been in Al-Anon?
- Is the original situation the same?
- How or how not?
- What keeps you coming to Al-Anon?
- Do you still have active alcoholism in your life?
- Did you “discover” more alcoholism around you?
- Are you still dealing with the same issues as when you came in?
- Do you attend Al-Anon primarily to help you deal with the alcoholism in your life, past or present?
- Do you attend because of the growth and change in yourself you have found here?
- Do you attend because if you don’t, you get crazy again?
- Do you attend to pass the help on to others who are still suffering?
Our topic for next week is “Stay or Go?” Why would someone stay in a relationship with an alcoholic? What led others to decide to leave the relationship? If you would like to share your experience, please call us at 734-707-8795 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just leave a comment right here.
Music from the show
Laughin' With – Regina Spector
Ordinary People – John Legend