WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Originally, in 1978, this pamphlet was called “Double Winners” but was given its current title 4 years later (with the added subtitle: “For Al-Anon/Alateen Members Who Are Also Recovering Alcoholics”) to avoid giving the impression that one member was more important than another. Although I sometimes still hear the term “Double Winners” in meetings, it’s slowly being replaced with the term “Dual Members.”
2. A good point about anonymity is brought up – that an AA member need not identify themselves as such in an Al-Anon meeting. When a group needs to “re-focus” a meeting, this is the pamphlet they call me to get.
3. The Al-Anon focus in this case is not to be confused with its purpose (see Tradition #5). As far as this pamphlet is concerned, “the focus is on letting go & learning another perspective” (page 2). It’s filled with sharings written from AA members describing what Al-Anon has done for them. During this next pamphlet’s revision, if it were up to me I would add in this wonderful line from “Discovering Choices” (item # B-30) on page 127: “My 21 years in AA have kept me alive, but my 15 months in Al-Anon have given me back my life.”
**Two other related pamphlets to check out are: “Three Views of Al-Anon” (item # P-15) which also includes sharings from alcoholics & “Al-Anon Spoken Here” (item # P-53) which addresses outside issues.