From the March 2014 magazine.

March 2014: April 25

A son shares something very special with the dad he did not want to call

I grew up with five brothers and one sister. We played hard, went to school and tried not to get into trouble. When I was very young I didn’t know my dad was an alcoholic, but as I got older I sort of knew he went to these meetings. My mother was also an active Al-Anon member. They never told me about the program, even though they could see at a very early age that something was up. When I was 17 I was throwing drinking parties while they were away. Finally, when my dad had had enough, he gave me the option to follow the house rules or leave the house.

For the next 10 years I did...

-- Kris S.

Boulder, Colorado