CAL – Al-Anon/Alateen Participation in an AA Area Convention (Item # G-7)

WHAT I LEARNED: Because Al-Anon is self-supporting, contributions from AA are considered “outside” & are therefore declined (see Tradition 7).  In the case of AA Conventions where there is Al-Anon participation, AA is entitled to keep all monies from Al-Anon registrations, meals, & workshops.  However, there is a little note in this guideline that Al-Anon…

CAL – The Dilemma of the Alcoholic Marriage (Item # B-4)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. In 1965, this book originally had the proposed title “Alcoholism & Sex.”  Two years later it came out with the current title to appeal to a wider audience.  It hasn’t been revised for 42 years & it shows.  With terms like: temptress, fellows, bulwark (I had to look this word up!),…

CAL – Cooperation Between Al–Anon & AA (Item # G-3)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. In the spirit of Tradition 6, this guideline answers 11 frequently asked questions that help clarify the difference between affiliation & cooperation between the Al-Anon & AA organizations.  It’s basically how not to get our chocolate mixed up with their peanut butter.  …Sure the combination of flavors might taste great for some, but…

CAL – The Al-Anon Focus (Item # P-45)

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…

CAL – Three Views of Al-Anon (Item # P-15)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Ever since this pamphlet first came out in 1970, its original subtitle was: “from the Other Side of the Family” but around 2010, it was updated to be: “Alcoholics Speak to the Family.”  The image of this “white-circle” design pamphlet with this new subtitle is one of the rarest & hardest…

CAL – A Guide for Sponsors of Alateen Groups (Item # P-29)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Alateen started in 1957 – did I mention that already?  Well, according to the Conference Summaries from the early 60’s, Al-Anon was going through the same issues that it’s still having… the need for more Alateen group sponsors.   But back then, they had so few, that outsiders & AA members were…

CAL – Alcoholism, the Family Disease (Item # P-4)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This pamphlet is another example of outside literature being “grandfathered” in.  A big “Thanks!” goes out to a non-member, Harold Black, & the initial Kentucky & Arizona groups for their contribution to this one.  Per “Many Voices, One Journey” (item # B-31) (pages 58 & 104), an early booklet version was…

CAL – This is Al-Anon (Item # P-32)

At a recent Gratitude Dinner, the emcee quickly came up to me & asked for something that she could have at the podium that included the Serenity Prayer, Steps, Traditions, Concepts, Warranties & Al-Anon Declaration.  I said I had just the perfect thing!  Rather than give her a book, I gave her this pamphlet.  And…

CAL – Al-Anon Spoken Here (Item # P-53)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is the seventh pamphlet in the general Al-Anon Newcomer Packet (item # K-10) & is the only one marked “Service” on the front (instead of “Recovery”).  I imagine that’s because this pamphlet is also used as outreach literature. 2. This pamphlet addresses 15 common Frequently Asked Questions – especially regarding…

CAL – So You Love an Alcoholic (Item # P-14)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. So you love an alcoholic?  Well join the club!  This is the fourth pamphlet in the general Al-Anon Newcomer Packet (item # K-10).  I like that it lists several “Do’s” & “Don’ts.”  I’ve seen a great list like this for Alateen (item # M-9), but this is the first one I’ve…