To save yourself and your family from the destruction the alcoholic brings to your life, you must turn away and learn how to take care of yourself and your loved ones. This is not easy. Most of us have been raised to love and care for the people in our lives. To break this tradition is heart wrenching and nearly impossible. Few can do it alone and the author found the Al-Anon organization of tremendous help. Here are the author's struggles as she battled to find her way to a new satisfying life for her and her children.