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Dear Officer:

Do you remember me? I'm the woman who frantically called you three times because my husband came home drunk and was violent. You were annoyed because I called for help so often; yet after each incident, and in spite of your warnings, I'd go back into the same situation without taking action.

A few months ago I began attending Al-Anon meetings regularly. I now understand that alcoholism is a disease, and my husband is out of control when he is drunk. Because of the support I receive from others who have had similar experiences, it's clear to me I do not have to accept violence as a part of my life. Today Al-Anon is giving me the courage to take the steps I need to protect myself and my children. I'm learning to make healthy choices for myself. I feel that if you refer others with this problem to Al-Anon, they would be forever grateful. Perhaps my story and the information on our Web site at http://www.DallasAl-Anon.org will help you when you encounter a similar situation.

I recognize that you are in a unique position to refer people to Al-Anon Family Groups. If you wish for more information, please contact Dallas Al-Anon/Alateen Information Service at 214-363-0461, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Sincerely yours,

Anonymous

P.S. My children now attend Alateen, a mutual support program for teenaged family members. It is part of the Al-Anon Family Groups.



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