CAL – Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2008 (Item # N/A)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. In keeping with the same printing schedule as the first “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2007” that came out in September 2006, the subsequent annual edition, “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2008,” debuted in the fall of 2007.  (From 2007 to 2019, the outreach magazine had only 2 print runs each year, so Al-Anon members could…

MTG – Orlando – “Serenity Now! AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: This is the only Al-Anon meeting on the University of Central Florida campus.  Because it’s an “open” meeting, they get quite a few UCF students attending that are majoring in various health care professions.  It’s nice to know that even though they might not ever return, they just might continue to carry the Al-Anon message to…

CAL – Worried About Someone’s Mental Health? (Item # P-80)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This pamphlet was 1 of 6 of an “Al-Anon Can Help” series that was introduced in 1995 as part of a big push for service in institutions.  It was designed to invite family members & friends of alcoholics at or in institutions to try Al-Anon where they live.  This pamphlet didn’t…

CAL – Reserve Fund Guideline (Item # G-41)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This guideline focuses on withholding money for good, healthy reasons.  How different that is from my pre-Al-Anon days when I withheld money out of fear, or as punishment… 2. The most interesting part of this guideline is the list of personal questions on page 4 – especially the question about how my…

MTG – Winter Park – “Serenity AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: It’s been a while since I chaired a meeting & today I chose the dreaded topic of intimacy!  I know how to be in a dysfunctional relationship, but I think I would be spectacularly uncomfortable in a healthy one… primarily because I would be forced to grow.  Ultimately though, I have two choices:…

CAL – Alateen Talks Back on: Serenity (Item # P-69)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Ahhh, put on some soothing music & light a candle because today I read about Serenity (and yes, that’s with a capital “S”)!  At the end of this booklet are ten questions for meeting topics on Serenity & the last one, “Is Serenity contagious?” really made me think.  I know I’ve…

CAL – Homeward Bound (Item # P-8)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This 48-page booklet was around only from 1993 to 2005 & was designed for newcomers that were introduced to Al-Anon through various treatment facilities.  Member sharings answer 10 frequently asked “What now?” questions about sobriety & making the transition to a 12-Step recovery program.  I’m glad Alateen sharings are also included…