CAL – From Survival to Recovery (Item # B-21)

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WHAT I LEARNED: 1. For the fellowship, “From Survival to Recovery: Growing Up in an Alcoholic Home” (item # B-21) marked a major turning point in fully welcoming adult children of alcoholics in the mid 90’s.  At 300 pages, it’s probably only a few pounds, but it felt so much heavier than that because of all the memories it brought back up for me growing up in an alcoholic household.  Some of the stories even venture on being poetic in their agony – grab some tissue & see page 269 for “Untangling Confusion,” page 85 for “Saying It Aloud Helped Me” & page 89’s “All I Knew Was Bitterness.”

There’s a possibility that these pages won’t match up exactly if you have the 1st edition.  I’ve got the 2nd edition which was revised in 2007 to remove an excerpt of Al-Anon’s “promises” or “gifts.”  Per the 2005 World Service Conference Summary (item # P-46), “It was the Committee’s further consensus that the passage not be promoted or reproduced as ‘promises’ or ‘gifts.’  In Al-Anon we offer newcomers our experience, strength, & hope.  We don’t make promises because each individual’s needs & situations are different.”

2. A short version of the book’s recurring theme is about creating something from nothing – or as stated better on page 206: “We are becoming the mature people we lacked in our childhood homes.” From parents that couldn’t give what they didn’t have, to reaching understanding & forgiveness, freedom is possible once we make peace with our past.

3. My favorite line is from page 229: “My family may have given me the disease, but it was my own actions & reactions that impaired me.”

**UPDATE (8/16/17): “From Survival to Recovery” is now featured on both Episode #4 & Episode #11 of my “CAL Chat” podcast where this book is discussed even further!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Sharon E. says:

    Hi Pat!
    i like what you said. Yes, we are responsible for our actions and through Al-anon we learn a healthy way to respond or not respond to live and the people around us. Thank God for Al-anon! 🙂

    1. Pat A. says:

      I second that! 😉

  2. mhaddadtutor says:

    Hi Pat, Thanks so much for your service in summarizing the literature. It gives me some insight on what I can look forward to in each piece. Keep up the great work! Blessings, Mary

    1. Pat A. says:

      My pleasure! Glad you’re on this journey with me!

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