CAL – The Forum Writing Guideline (Item # F-1)

Next week I’ll be posting an update on several Al‑Anon guidelines that have been revised this year. However while I was researching those, it led me to this guideline for The Forum that was very recently updated – just last month, in October 2021, in fact! It got me wondering, 🤔 “What changed exactly?” See…

MTG – Ocoee – “Monday Miracles”

WHAT I LEARNED: Happiness is like a butterfly.  The more I chase it, the more it eludes me! 2. It never occurred to me that the word “help” begins & ends with the letters HP! 3. Bring my problems to my Sponsor.  Bring solutions to my group.

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 – Sexual Intimacy & the Alcoholic Relationship (Item # P-77)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Well surprise, surprise, this is not an instruction booklet on how to have sex with an alcoholic!  However, it does reassure me that I’m not the only one who has had difficulty in this area.  Intimacy, especially sexual intimacy, is a topic rarely brought up in Al-Anon meetings.  This must have…

CAL – Al-Anon’s 12 Steps & 12 Traditions – Revised (Item # B-8)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. I would consider this book the “lite” version of “Paths to Recovery” (item # B-24), but it still packs a punch.  Each section starts with a 2-4 page essay, followed by a “Thinking It Over” reflection, & lastly a personal story.  The average is 6 total pages per each Step (but of…

CAL – When I Got Busy, I Got Better (Item # P-78)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. What are the benefits of service?  Let me count the ways…  Or you can just let this booklet count ’em for you!  It’s 60 pages filled with stories from members regarding Step 12 (the carrying the message Step).  Beginning with addressing different types of fears, it eventually culminates with covering each of the 12 Traditions…

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 – The Dilemma of the Alcoholic Marriage (Item # B-4)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. In 1965, this book originally had the proposed title “Alcoholism & Sex.”  Two years later it came out with the current title to appeal to a wider audience.  It hasn’t been revised for 42 years & it shows.  With terms like: temptress, fellows, bulwark (I had to look this word up!),…

CAL – Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2014 (Item # N/A)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Ok, I must admit, during all the years I’ve passed out this magazine for outreach purposes, I never fully read through one until now.  I used to just read 1 or 2 of the articles & that was it.  And perhaps, maybe that’s how it’s read by people in doctor or counselor…

CAL – Did you Grow up With a Problem Drinker? (Item # S-25)

WHAT I LEARNED: This is the sixth item in the Adult Children of Alcoholics Newcomer Packet (item # K-21) & is a personal favorite of mine.  When I first came into the program I was given this leaflet & I remember secretly answering “Yes” to all 20 questions.  It spooked me because I thought “How…