10 “ Life is short; make it Sweet” - Margaret da Costa

posted Mar 15, 2017, 9:48 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 9:49 AM ]
We have all heard of Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, as it is more commonly known. Over the years, thousands have been helped through their interaction with this group. The members consist of persons who have gone through the struggle to achieve sobriety, or are still in the process. They do not say they are ex-alcoholics, but recovering alcoholics, as the danger of “slipping” back always exists.

Not much is heard of Al-Anon. This is a worldwide fellowship of men, women and children from all walks of life who have been affected by the family disease of alcoholism. Some were born into an alcoholic family, and lived in that situation their entire lives, while others came into contact with alcoholism later in life. Through Al-Anon, they learn that serenity, and even happiness, is possible, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not, and helps bring about changes in their lives. By its very name, members of both these groups are anonymous.

I am sharing the story of one family that was affected by alcoholism, and who rose above it. I do hope that this sharing will encourage others facing similar problems to reach out for help. Details of meetings are given at the end of this article.

This is a first person account

“I was 16, and my husband 20, when we first met. I got married at 24, and had a baby a year later. I came from an upper middle class family where social drinking was accepted. Where people drank to enjoy and have a good time, and not get drunk.