CAL – Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017 (Item # N/A)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. My next “CAL Chat” podcast guest said that “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017” was her favorite outreach piece that she wanted to talk about on my “CAL Chat” show (Episode #9), so it was time to read it all the way through!  I had read entire versions of previous ones so I was…

CAL – The Best of Public Outreach (Item # P-90)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. The guest for my next “CAL Chat” podcast show (Episode #7) chose this booklet, “The Best of Public Outreach” (item # P-90), as his favorite outreach piece.  I’ll be posting that episode soon at calchatpodcast.com, but wanted to get my review in this blog first.  This hardcopy booklet was originally printed…

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…

PODCAST – One Day At A Time / Detachment (Item #’s B-6 / S-19)

EPISODE 2 of my “CAL Chat” podcast is now available to listen to!  Why is Al-Anon not considered a self-help recovery program?  How is detaching different than separating?  Am I making my spirit sick?  It was such a good conversation, I didn’t want to edit anything out, so I had to break it into 2…

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 – Area Public Outreach Coordinator (Item # G-38)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Because Areas can vary due to autonomy (just like groups), the work of an Area Public Outreach Coordinator can actually be split into various committees or job positions: PI (Public Information), CPC (Cooperating with the Professional Community), & Institutions Coordinators.  I don’t know of any other Area position that does this,…

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 – The Open Al-Anon Meeting (Item # G-27)

WHAT I LEARNED: This guideline seems geared more toward “closed” groups that are having a special temporary “open” meeting (i.e. for an anniversary).  A suggested meeting format is included & there are instructions on how to notify other groups, professionals, & the general public about the meeting while still avoiding promoting & stressing attracting.  You…