Hello. I just started going to Al-Anon meetings not too long ago. I find it amazing that for the people that share their situations I can relate to. I grew up in a substance abuse home. I married an alcoholic. Got divorced and had to move back with my mom. That was five years ago. When my grandmother pasted away I didn't get a chance to real mourn her death. My family has a talent for making me responsible for everything [food, prayer booklets, making sure that everyone is suppose to be where they're suppose to be, etc.]. During this process I've learned to put away my sadness, pain and anger. It was the only way I knew how to coup. My priority was making sure my son's were happy and providing them with what they need. Now I live in my own studio apartment with my boys and enjoying life...so I thought. One day I was washing dishes and there it happened. I was crying. I couldn't explain it. I wasn't thinking of anything bad. It came rushing in all these feelings I couldn't explain. I was freaking out. So I sought help and my therapist advised me to go to Al-Anon. My problem is that I'm new and I don't know exactly what to do. I mean besides going to the meetings. I want to read books on the twelve steps and traditions of Al-Anon, but don't know which book is a good book. What does it mean when people say you should work the steps? How? It's very overwhelming all the information that's out there I just need someone to point me in the right direction. Please help if you can. Thank you for reading.
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