MTG – Ocoee – “Monday Miracles”

WHAT I LEARNED: If parents bring their kids to the doctor when they have an illness so they can get better , why don’t they bring them to Alateen since alcoholism is also an illness?  …just saying… 

MTG – Ocoee – “Monday Miracles”

WHAT I LEARNED: …if no one knows us as we really are, we run the risk of making ourselves victims of our own self-hatred.  If we can be loved by somebody who sees us as we are, we will then be able to accept ourselves.  Others rarely think we’re as bad as we think we…

MTG – Orlando – “Courage 2 Be Me Alateen AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: “…the simplest definition of humility is truth.  Knowing who we are – our good points & bad, our strengths & weaknesses, our abilities & our limitations – that’s humility.”  From page 19 of: “Alateen – Hope for Children of Alcoholics” (item # B-3).

CAL – Alateen Talks Back on: Sponsoring an Alateen Group (Item # P-71)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Since it’s part of the “Alateen Talks Back On…” series, I thought this booklet was going to be Alateens talking about their group sponsors, but nope!  …Other than a few drawings from kids here & there, it’s basically a piece by & for grown-up Al-Anon members sharing about Alateen service.  I’m…

CAL – Starting an Alateen Group (Item # G-19)

WHAT I LEARNED: There are only 2 types of Alateen meetings: Closed & Limited Access.  Even I, as Literature Chairperson at the District Level, cannot attend an Alateen meeting.  Only Al‑Anon members involved in Alateen Service (AMIAS’s) & designated Area trusted servants can go & even then, it’s only on an occasional basis.  The only non-certified attendees allowed are the kids…

CAL – Moving On! From Alateen to Al-Anon (Item # P-59)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is my lowest selling pamphlet.  Since December 2011, I’ve only sold a grand total of 1 — & that was at a Gratitude Dinner.  So here again I thought “Why do I need to read this?  …No one else is!”  And once again, now after having read it, I feel…

CAL – Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism (Item # B-1)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. To me, there’s something intriguing about reading discontinued books.  I feel like I’m uncovering something they no longer want me to know.  This is how I felt reading Al-Anon’s second book, “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism” (item # B-1) that I got from our District Archives chairperson.  The 1st edition originally came out…

CAL – How Can I Help My Children? (Item # P-9)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1.“Helping” is a tricky word in this program.  This pamphlet basically boils down to setting a good example & “Secure your own mask first” before assisting children (or anyone else for that matter).  It’s full of tips, personal stories, a checklist for parents, Steps, Traditions, slogans, & an excerpt from the pamphlet “Dear…

CAL – Alateen–Hope for Children of Alcoholics (Item # B-3)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Alateen began in 1957, but they didn’t have their first hardcover book until this one came out in 1973.  Its origins were a pamphlet (which has been discontinued) & it was expanded to now have sections for Steps, Traditions, Slogans, Personal Stories, & an Alateen Timeline. 2. At 120 pages, it’s…

CAL – Youth & the Alcoholic Parent (Item # P-21)

Last week I finished the Professional Packet (item # K-30).  (What I learned about all the other items in that packet can be found in previous entries for the general Al-Anon Newcomer Packet (K-10).)   …This week, I’m starting the very last packet, whew! WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is the second pamphlet in the Alateen Newcomer Packet…

CAL – Are You Troubled by Someone’s Drinking? (Item # S-17)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is the fourth item in the Professional Packet (item # K-30) & is one of my top selling outreach items – now I can see why.  This questionnaire is written very broadly so it can apply to anyone affected by alcoholism – including adult children of alcoholics & kids that…

CAL – Courage to Be Me – Living with Alcoholism (Item # B-23)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is the first Alateen book I’ve ever read & I was not prepared!  I should’ve had a box of tissues along with it – especially for the “Happy/Sad” section that begins on page 300.  The simplicity & direct honesty felt like I was reading a bunch of diary entries from…

CAL – To Parents of Alcoholics (Item # P-16)

Yesterday I finished the Adult Children of Alcoholics Newcomer Packet (item # K-21).  This week there’s only this one pamphlet to read from the Parents’ Newcomer Packet (K-24).  –What I learned about all the other items in this packet can be found in previous entries for the general Al-Anon Newcomer Packet (K-10). WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This…