WHAT I LEARNED: 1. How great would it be to give a talk at an Al-Anon workshop & it goes over so well, they want to turn it into a pamphlet?! 😲 Well that’s what happened in 1968 to one non-member: the former director of the Charlotte Council on Alcoholism. This pamphlet was published a year later &, since then, has only had 1 revision in 2003. A new “historical perspective” preface was added (& I’m guessing that’s when the World Service Office website info was included too), but other than that, the original text is the same.
2. By far, this is my #1 selling pamphlet in my District – nothing else comes close & now I can see why. It’s completely different than any other pamphlet I’ve read to this point. It’s a play in 3 acts starring the following 4 roles: The Alcoholic, The Enabler, The Victim, & The Provoker. I won’t give away how the play ends… but it reminds me that I have a choice in the role(s) I play & who I pick as my supporting cast!
**BONUS CAL QUESTION: The author of this pamphlet also contributed to another “grandfathered-in” piece of outside literature that was published 7 years earlier. What was it? (Hint: see item # P-7!)
***UPDATE (6/30/22): See the evolution of this “Alcoholism, a Merry-Go-Round Named Denial” pamphlet throughout the years in my Throwback Thursday video from my CAL Throwback Thursday board on my “CAL Chat” Pinterest account.