I like to say that Al-Anon saved my marriage, but AA saved my life. The AA message was passed on to me by my mother, an Al-Anon member. My father and my husband were both heavy drinkers; now my father has been sober twenty-four years and my husband fourteen. My husband's mother was an Al-Anon member; his stepfather was an AA member. We have lost several members of our family to the bottle, so I was very aware of how dangerous alcohol could be for me. But it still managed to take over my life, and put me in the mental ward of the local hospital.