CAL – How Al-Anon Works – Audiobook (Item # eA-22)

WHAT I LEARNED: My next “CAL Chat” podcast guest mentioned that “How-Al-Anon Works” (item # B-32) was her favorite piece to use for outreach purposes that she wanted to discuss on the new upcoming Episode #13.  To prepare, I was going to re-read it but then I thought, “How could I do it differently this…

MTG – Ocoee – “Monday Miracles”

WHAT I LEARNED: “…I did not cause her sobriety any more than I caused her drinking…” – quote from the Thanksgiving story “Detaching Was Kind” from the book “From Survival To Recovery” (item # B-21), page 113.

CAL – Parents of Alcoholics (Item # R-18)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. The item # for this short 12-page piece begins with an “R” because this is a reprint of various articles from The Forum magazine.  It came out in 2012 & reprints are typically only printed for a 2-year period.  However, demand for this piece must be high because it’s now 4 years later…

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

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…

CAL – Members Interested in Speaking (Item # G-1)

WHAT I LEARNED: When I was first asked to be a speaker in 2012, I ran to get this item & it wasn’t so much as a guideline as it was a goldmine!  I even used it as a checklist to make sure I had certain points covered.  Re-reading it now, I see the importance…

CAL – Many Voices, One Journey (Item # B-31)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Initially, I was dreading reading this book.  I thought it was just going to be a boring history book with a litany of dates & facts that were as dry as sandpaper.  Turns out, this has been one of the best well-written books I’ve come across so far!!   It was designed…

CAL – What Do YOU Do about the Alcoholic’s Drinking? (Item # P-19)

WHAT I LEARNED: I’ve always misinterpreted the title of this pamphlet to be “What Can You Do…” & I thought it would be chock-full of helpful tips, but now that I’ve read through the whole thing I think the title could be re-named: “Crazy Things You Do to Control the Alcoholic.”  It’s a list of 63 strategies & techniques that only…

CAL – If Your Parents Drink Too Much… (Item # P-22)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is the fourth item in the Alateen Newcomer Packet (item # K-18) & is a cartoon booklet.  Technically, it’s not categorized as an “Outreach” item, but I think it could be because it looks like the only thing in the entire packet (& our entire CAL catalog) that would appeal to…

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 – Does She Drink Too Much? (Item # P-62)

This is the third pamphlet in the Men’s Newcomer Packet (item # K-23) & it’s the first one I’ve come across that has photos in it – which seems to be a rare thing in our CAL, but I digress… WHAT I LEARNED: 1. More importantly, I found out the answer to this pamphlet’s title is…