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Terms Used in Al-Anon Service

Area World Service Committee (AWSC) This Committee consists of the officers of the Assembly, District Representatives, Coordinators and liaison members, who meet between Assemblies to discuss Area and District matters, plan the agenda for the Assembly, initiate projects

How Al-Anon Supports Alateen

Members often ask, “Can Al‑Anon support Alateen?” And the answer is yes…absolutely! Alateen is an integral part of Al‑Anon, and support can be offered in so many ways. A few years after I moved to Virginia Beach, I

Using Our Spiritual Principles

I learned the importance of using our spiritual principles in all aspects of my program through my own journey of recovery. When I was a new Group Representative, I attended my first Assembly and I did not feel

No Longer Fearful

When I got to Al‑Anon, I was fearful of my alcoholic husband—afraid of his rages, of things he might say to me, of riding in the car with him, and of the possibility he might leave me. I

The Only One I Could Change

Before Al‑Anon I was so sure I could fix both my marriage and my husband. I tried self-help books, couples counseling, and women’s shelters. I thought about Al‑Anon, but I denied that alcoholism was the whole problem. I

I Finally Decided To Get off the Roller Coaster

My husband’s and my everyday experiences together typically involved resentments, blame, arguments, and misunderstandings. The roller coaster ride went in a circle, and it seemed we could never get off. However, once I started attending Al‑Anon, I started

Step Up and Share for Our Next Daily Reader

Our three Legacies—recovery through the Steps, unity through the Traditions, and service through the Concepts—provide the foundation for the Al‑Anon program. Please help our NEW DAILY READER (working title) be the first to include sharings on all 36

No Substitute

Al‑Anon has turned out to be the very best thing I have ever done for myself. Although I knew that I didn’t cause the drinking, I can’t control it, and I can’t cure it, the disease of alcoholism

Sharing My Recovery with My Children

Tonight, my teenage daughters cried because their father was drinking and had an angry outburst. I hugged them, and we talked honestly about their feelings. One of my daughters felt sad and scared. My other daughter, however, was

In an Atmosphere of Unconditional Love

I remember the first few meetings I went to in Al‑Anon. I had no idea what anyone was talking about, and I felt totally lost. I came from an alcoholic family, had married an alcoholic, and had alcoholic

It Was Spectacular—Thank you!

Celebrating One Day at a Time—that’s what 4,029 Al‑Anon, Alateen, A.A. members, and their guests were doing in Baltimore, Maryland this past July. Al‑Anon’s 2018 International Convention was spectacular because of all of us. Thank you! Many thanks