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Introduction

The Forum is the international monthly magazine in which Al-Anon and Alateen members share their experiences. It is "The Voice of the Fellowship," a forum where individual members and groups can be heard.

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The Sharings

These sharings are organized by index, as they appear in the Forum.

Abuse

  • Confession sparks insight into past abuse (December, 2006)
  • From abusive relationships to personal serenity (August, 2007)
  • From violence and abuse to serenity in Al-Anon (October, 2007)

Acceptance

  • Al-Anon gave me back my sense of self (July, 2010)

Al-Anon Adult Children

  • Overwhelmed by life at age 23, with no solution in sight (September, 2007)
  • College student copes with parents' divorce (October, 2007)
  • I tried Al-Anon as a last resort (June, 2008)
  • Understanding alcoholism after suffering years of emotional abuse and overeating (October, 2008)
  • A son moves past the anger of his childhood (December, 2009)
  • A physician’s journey into healing (May, 2010)

Al-Anon Meetings

  • Finding the right Al-Anon meeting (March, 2010)

Alateen

  • Dealing with my parents' alcoholism—one teen's story (December, 2007)
  • Son copes with stepfather's disease (January, 2007)
  • Alateen taught me about the disease of alcoholismv (July, 2008)
  • One Alateen conference changed my life (January, 2009)

Alcoholism, a family disease

  • I missed my wife even before she went into treatment (March, 2007)
  • At mid-life I found self-knowledge—and recovery (February, 2008)
  • Unraveling the effects of my father's alcoholism (December, 2008)
  • The family dynamic seemed to demand a designated drinker (July, 2010)

Alcoholism, effects of

  • A spiritual awakening brings deeper understanding of the effects of alcoholism (September, 2007)
  • Al-Anon—after everything else failed (April, 2009)
  • I was ‘crazy’ in love—and couldn’t blame the drinker (May, 2009)
  • Until Al-Anon, I knew only chaos and mistrust (June, 2009)

Amends

  • Celebrating anniversaries, making amends (March, 2009)

Anger

  • My desire for revenge—A fight worth winning? (April, 2007)

Attitude

  • Young woman contemplates change (March, 2007)

Awareness

  • Why I lied all the time (September, 2007)

Anger

  • My desire for revenge—A fight worth winning? (April, 2007)

Boundaries

  • Setting Boundaries: Serenity while living with active alcoholism (February, 2007)
  • Al-Anon’s helping hand reaches across racial boundaries (April, 2010)
  • When I listened with my heart, the color of my skin no longer mattered (May, 2010)

Build Bridges—Energizing our Spiritual Quest

  • Tearing down walls to let recovery in (March, 2008)

Change

  • Newfound self-worth relieves despair (June, 2007)
  • From anger to serenity: changing myself, understanding others (February, 2008)
  • How I’ve changed since my first meeting (February, 2008)
  • Finding my way, learning life skills as an adult (May, 2008)

Choices

  • I was ‘crazy’ in love—and couldn’t blame the drinker (May, 2009)
  • Leaving family conflict behind, choosing serenity today (November, 2009)
  • How I’ve changed since my first meeting (February, 2008)
  • Finding my way, learning life skills as an adult (May, 2008)

Connecting People from Around the World

  • My first Al-Anon experience (January, 2007)

Control

  • Chasing cars—from insanity to recovery (September, 2008)

Detachment

  • Learning to detach after only three months (April, 2007) (May, 2009)
  • I struggled with detachment until I learned to keep the focus on me (April, 2010) (November, 2009)
  • Without detachment, I was imprisoned while my boyfriend was in jail (April, 2010)

Directions

  • Following directions: how Al-Anon helped me find my way (March, 2009)

Embrace the Legacies: Our Spiritual Bridges to Expand the Future

  • Embrace the Legacies: Our Spiritual Bridges to Expand the Future (December, 2009)

Faith

  • Embrace the Legacies: Our Spiritual Bridges to Expand the Future (December, 2009)

Faith

  • Defining—and finding—faith (October, 2008)

Fear

  • Facing fear, learning acceptance (July, 2008)

Feelings

  • My safety matters (June, 2007)
  • Conquering the spiritual disease of fear (June, 2009)
  • I came to understand and accept my feelings (February, 2009)

Finances

  • IRS changes requirements for charitable deductions (May, 2007)

Focusing on Myself

  • The treatment center helped, even though her son still drinks (July, 2007)
  • Focusing on the good, leaving the past behind (January, 2010)

Forgiveness

  • Forgiving my parents: an Al-Anon miracle (October, 2009)
  • Forgiving myself was the only path to serenity (October, 2009)

Freedom

  • In Al-Anon I have the freedom to be myself (August, 2009)

Gratitude

  • Grateful to the alcoholic—because Al-Anon gave the gift of self-discovery (August, 2007)

Grief

  • When nothing else works: Letting go and grieving the loss of a child to alcoholism (August, 2008)

Growth

  • Skeptical loner finds support in Al-Anon (July, 2009)

Guilt

  • Hope is a great defense (March, 2007)
  • A mother sheds her guilt and finds hope in Al-Anon (June, 2010)

Honesty

  • Honesty begins with staying true to myself (March, 2009)

Hope

  • After dark days, she found hope (July, 2009)

Hopelessness

  • 36 hours of pain and confusion—before I found Al-Anon (November, 2007)

International Al-Anon General Services Meeting (IAGSM)

  • Face-to-face communication is most effective (February, 2009)

Letters

  • Trying to force a solution doesn’t work (August, 2007)
  • First appearances aren’t always correct (April, 2008)
  • At first, I didn’t think I belonged in Al-Anon (June, 2008)

Letting Go

  • Letting go of my teenage daughter—my First Step (October, 2007)
  • I can begin to heal—when I let go (November, 2009)

Listening

  • A father found help when he learned how to listen (November, 2009)

Newcomers

  • At My First Meetings, I Sat by the Door (November, 2006)
  • I Was Afraid Someone I Knew Would See Me at a Meeting (November, 2006)
  • Newcomer struggles with guilt—second time around (February, 2007)
  • What I found at my first Al-Anon meeting (May, 2007)
  • Dear New Member (July, 2007)
  • Young adult didn’t think she could relate to older members (November, 2007)
  • Who qualifies for Al-Anon? What I learned (May, 2008)
  • What I didn’t understand at my first Al-Anon meeting (September, 2008)
  • As an outsider, I couldn’t figure out Al-Anon members (April, 2009)
  • How Al-Anon changed my life in seven weeks (May, 2009)
  • Getting past the fear, going to my first Al-Anon meeting (June, 2010)

Parents of Alcoholics

  • Al-Anon helped ease a mother’s worry and guilt (January, 2010)

Patterns, Repeated

  • Escaping the attraction of abusive alcoholics: How I got better (January, 2009)

Relapse

  • How a newcomer handled relapse (December, 2008)

Relationships

  • Marriage counselor suggests Al-Anon (July, 2007)
  • Daddy's little girl again: making peace with my father (January, 2008)
  • The dilemma of the alcoholic engagement (October, 2008)
  • How I let go of my pattern of unhealthy relationships (April, 2009)
  • Making sense of my life—after living with an alcoholic spouse (August, 2009)
  • I felt responsible for everyone’s happiness—except mine (September, 2009)
  • Overcoming my inner emptiness (February, 2009)
  • A new relationship brought my old issues back (February, 2010)
  • Recovery repairs relationship between father and son (February, 2010)
  • He lied to me, I lied to myself (March, 2010)
  • A man makes peace with alcoholic mother and grandmother (May, 2010)

Resentments

  • A kiss I never expected (April, 2007)
  • Cleaning my hard drive: an exercise in working the Steps (April, 2008)

Self-esteem

  • Improved self-image turned my life around (June, 2008)

Self-worth

  • My path: from self-mutilation to self-respect (March, 2008)

Serenity

  • Serenity, while coping with cancer (May, 2007)
  • ‘Insanity’ versus ‘in sanity’—making space for serenity (January, 2008)

Service

  • Al-Anon service brought her closer to her Higher Power (July, 2009)

Slogans

  • Slogans bring peace to relationship with boyfriend (February, 2010)

Spiritual Awakening

  • The spiritual lesson I learned from a skunk (June, 2010)

Steps

  • Step One: Turmoil and tranquility at the ocean's edge—I am powerless (January, 2007)
  • Recognizing My Powerlessness Released Me From My Anguish (June, 2007)

Suicide

  • Learning to understand my emotions changed my life (November, 2008)

Suicide

  • Finding my way to a healthy relationship (August, 2008)

Taking Care of Myself

  • Learning to understand my emotions changed my life (November, 2008)

Taking Care of Myself

  • Finding my way to a healthy relationship (August, 2008)

Trust

  • The pain of self-deception, the joy of self-discovery (February, 2007)
  • Changing life-long habits—learning to trust (November, 2008)

Twelve Steps

  • Step One: I don’t set myself up for failure (January, 2008)
  • Disciplined at work, chaotic at home: a fighter pilot shares his story (July, 2008)
  • The first three Steps: key to feeling better (January, 2009)

Twelve Traditions

  • How the group aids our recovery (March, 2008)

World Service Conference

  • News from the 2008 World Service Conference—part one (pdf) (July, 2008)
  • News from the 2008 World Service Conference—part two (pdf) (August, 2008)
  • News from the 2008 World Service Conference—part one (pdf) (July, 2009)
  • News from the 2008 World Service Conference—part two (pdf) (August, 2009)

Worry

  • Letting go of worry, finding happiness (December, 2009)

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