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Forum Article MAY 2020

I Was Finally Able to Choose
When I walked into my first Al-Anon meeting, I was convinced that I had no choices about anything. I was convinced I was destined to be stuck taking care of everyone else and that love meant putting everyone else’s needs above my own. I was there that night because my spouse had finally hit bottom and made the decision to get help for himself. By the grace of God, I, too, somehow realized that I needed help. I had become so numb to my own emotional and spiritual needs that I felt like I merely existed. I wasn’t really living, and I sure didn’t know how to feel anything at all anymore.
On that first night, I wasn’t afraid going to the meeting. I wasn’t afraid of sharing my story. What I was most afraid about was the thought that I would never be able to feel anything again. I wanted to be able to laugh, love, grieve, get angry. I had been stuffing my feelings for so long that I was fearful I wouldn’t be able to turn them back on. And, when and if I did turn them back on, how painful would it be? How would I survive that process?
Of all the things I have learned so far on this journey, the most powerful for me has been the realization that I have choices and that other people in my life have their own choices. I may be powerless over the disease of alcoholism, but I am not powerless over the choices I can make for myself with the love and guidance of my group, Sponsor, and Higher Power. I am not able to—nor should I try to—make choices for the other people in my life.
I found the experience, strength and hope I needed in that room that night and every night since then. As I listened to others talk about their experiences and feelings, I realized that part of the program included learning to feel and be present with those feelings. I was shocked to hear that I am both “worthy of love and loving.” I was surprised to begin to see that there was a way forward and people there to support and guide me. And, most importantly, I was grateful to see that I have choices.
By Beth C., Virginia
The Forum, May 2020

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This is information telling you what Al-Anon is and what it is not. Also, it has a little info regarding what happens in our meetings.

This is simply a list of meetings in District 15, Okaloosa/Walton County, FL.

Upcoming activities in the district, i.e., Alkathons, public outreach and workshops

Here you will find links to World Service, Area and other district websites as they become known.

A reprinted article from this months Forum magazine.