A Father’s Day Message

Post by Steve Straessle We’ve been wanting to write you this note.  We’ve been wringing our hands, looking to the stars, staring at ceilings, and shifting our feet to find the right words.  You deserve this note.  You deserve to know what the dads of this world have been thinking about as Father’s Day approaches. […]

For her the days of the locusts have come and gone

My name is Linda.  I am a survivor of verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse in my marriage, and I struggle with multiple facets of co-dependency including pride, control, self-sufficiency, shame, and isolation. Jesus Christ is my Higher Power. I was born in rural Alabama, the youngest of six children of Godly parents. My dad did […]

Lois Wilson Story: When Love is Not Enough

The Biography of the cofounder of Al-Anon By William G. Borchert Picture if you will, eight women parked in front of the Clinton Street Brooklyn home of Bill and Lois Wilson. Their motors are running and they are steamed. On this night in 1938, their husbands, most of them newly sober, are attending a meeting […]

Living with an Addict? Chances are You Need Help

  On a winter night in 1976, Mary T. decided she would kill her alcoholic husband, when he came home from work. Frustrated by her inability to control his drinking, Mary finally said to herself, “It’s not the drinking, it’s him. He’s the problem, and I need to get rid of him.” Attracted to the […]

Celebrate Recovery: A Growing Global Ministry Offers Hope

The time has come, and from all over the world the faithful arrive. They fill the cavernous worship center at California’s Saddleback Church, and, murmuring with anticipation, they wait. Then, with hands held high, the percussionist, barely visible behind his drum set, clicks his sticks, and the “World’s Most Dangerous Recovery Band,” through condo-sized speakers, […]