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…

CAL – Forum Favorites, Vol. 1 (Item # B-9A)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. As an Area Archivist once said, “I love my position because I get to time travel.”  I too feel I get to step into the ‘Wayback Machine’ whenever I read discontinued Al-Anon literature.  When this “Forum Favorites” book was first published in 1970 it was a hefty hard cover book &…

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…

MTG – Orlando – “You’re Not Alone AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: I carry a tiny magic wand with me.  I told the newcomer that if I could wave it & make everyone better (including myself), I would have already done it & gotten on with my life.  I keep the wand with me as a reminder that it’s not about wishes… it’s about work.  —…

CAL – Outreach to Professionals (Item # G-29)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This guideline mentioned a phrase that was very curious to me: “sponsoring a professional.”  I had never thought of it that way before, but I guess a professional that isn’t aware of the program would be similar to a newcomer & would need a “go-to” person for guidance that was committed…

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 – 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…

CAL – Beginners’ Meeting (Item # G-2)

WHAT I LEARNED: The 2nd page of this guideline lists CAL recommendations for each of the 6 meetings in the Beginners’ Meeting suggested series.  This is great for anyone that has an Al-Anon Newcomer Packet (item # K-10) & no daily reader yet.  It’s like a reading roadmap for the first 3 Steps!  …Or should…

CAL – Al-Anon’s 12 Traditions Illustrated (Item # P-60)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This pamphlet answers the age-old question, “What do principles look like?”  The drawings accompany short explanations about the Traditions that originally appeared over the course of 1983 in The Forum magazine. 2. When I think of the Traditions, I usually think “Oh, they’re about unity… they’re for the group, etc…” but what…

CAL – Alateen Program Wallet Card (Item # M-18)

WHAT I LEARNED: Somehow, when I was reviewing the Alateen Newcomer Packet (item # K-18), I must not have seen this small wallet card.  But since I’m now going through the literature chronologically, I saw this item mentioned as an “Alateen 12 x 12 Wallet Card with Preamble” in the “1978 World Service Conference Summary”…

CAL – Al-Anon Basic Program Wallet Card (Item # M-7)

WHAT I LEARNED: This wallet card has been around for many moons & it can’t get more “basic” than this.  It’s got a preamble, all the Steps, Traditions, Concepts, & Warranties you could want, with a little bit of Serenity Prayer mixed in there as well.  Typically it’s the Newcomer groups that buy these cards…

CAL – Freedom from Despair (Item # P-6)

Last week I finished the Alateen Newcomer Packet (item #K-18).  (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).)  That means I’m done with all 6 types of packets (whoo-hoo!) & am moving on with other pamphlets.  It seems going back to the beginning…

CAL – Alateen Talk Newsletter (Item # N/A)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is the eleventh & last item in the Alateen Newcomer Packet (item # K-18) & is a full issue of a newsletter – not an excerpt.  The particular one in this packet is 8 pages total, has feedback on a writing workshop & an Alateen Conference, various sharings from members around…