Jennifer was a shy kid and her dad was a war veteran and an alcoholic. She left home in her mid-teens, got tangled up with a drinker and married him. Jennifer’s husband became abusive so she escaped with her two children. She came to Al-Anon Family Groups to assist her daughter and grandchildren as her daughter’s drinking became a serious problem.
Del grew up in rural Queensland and both her parents had an alcoholic parent. She moved to a capital city for Uni and met and married a charismatic alcoholic. His drinking deteriorated and after many geographicals he too became violent so she separated, taking the kids with her. Del returned home and her mum suggested Al-Anon.
In Al-Anon Jennifer and Del found people who understood their situation and were able to understand the impact of alcoholism on their extended family and acknowledge the part they unconsciously played in the family disease of alcoholism.
Jennifer and Del also discussed Al-Anon’s participation in the virtual 2020 AA National Convention in Toowoomba from 2nd – 4th October 2020. For details see https://www.aanatcon2020.com.au/ for online registration details.
If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.
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