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Finding Sanity at Al-Anon
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 • Posted February 24, 2010

Step 2 in Al-Anon: "Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity."

"What does insanity mean? I grew up with the disease of alcoholism, and so insanity boils down to "fear"—an emotion that drives the disease of alcoholism. Fear still has the power to overshadow the simplest activities, and turn them into dreadful events. Most of my life was spent in denying this. I learned the survival tools of control and cajole to escape my fear. Fear sparked by the anger, violence, and confusion of drunken parents and other relatives. Alcoholism is a family disease of fear.

Life was unmanageable then as it can be today. To be restored to sanity is to experience life free of fear. This was not happening for me. It is a shortcoming, a character defect that grips my spirit. And in it, I continued to experience life as unmanageable. With Step Two my healing begins…. the promise that my belief in a Higher Power could restore beauty, love, serenity and sanity to my life.

I do experience beauty and love, but serenity and sanity were still illusive. One of the defects to serenity and sanity: perfectionism. It too is fueled by my fear. Freedom from perfectionism and fear would also allow "recreation, enthusiasm, and delight" into my life.

Recently, I have found that I can let go of fear. I can let go and let God. Al-Anon has the power to change me on the inside, and to restore serenity, sanity, enthusiasm and delight to my life."……..John B., AZ

"I recognize the insanity in my life today and that is tremendous progress. Because, when I see it coming, I now have the tools from recovery to help me. I am no longer alone, fighting the battle against alcoholism silently, while presenting a "got-it-all-together" face to the public. I am among people who have walked these step and understand, like no-one else can, the frustration, fear and insanity of living with this disease"…..Nancie, TX

Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution. It is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common problems. We meet every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Historical Building. Please call 347-5805 or 258-4441 for more information.

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