Went to my first Al-anon meting today. I wanted to join Al-anon so they could help me examine how being close to a relative who drank everyday and relatives who did drugs while I was young affected me. Those are things I never talked about much, because I was taught to keep things which happen I the family secret. Now that I am in actual therapy I want to go ahead and examine how all of the family secrets affected me. This idea makes my mom uncomfortable, but I told her that she need not fear that I will drag anyone else in our family into therapy with me. This is just for me. I need to see all the connections. If anyone else in the family wants to look into the past, they can do so when they're ready. No one needs to fear that I will force them to look into the past just because that is what I'm doing.
Paul Pommells has been an inmate of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for more than twenty years, and has learned much about himself, his fellow inmates, and where one can find the hope and power to change.
Paul and other inmates & friends bare their souls in words here.