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Thinking Ahead to the Holidays

Step Ten helps me reflect upon my life in the past 273 days of 2018. Thanks to Al‑Anon, I am taking care of myself physically, emotionally and spiritually. But that is about me. What about others? There are

Ours Is Truly a Worldwide Fellowship

Earlier this year, I visited Greece with the Chairperson of the Board, Debbie G. Our purpose was to meet with members of Public Outreach and Literature, as well as group members, to talk about how the World Service

Fall into Service

Did you ever wonder how Al‑Anon is held together? How is it that the Al‑Anon program of hope is the same everywhere that Al‑Anon meetings take place? What is a structure? What is a panel? How can members

A Mother’s Journey to Recovery

My oldest son caught the brunt of the family anger, confusion, irritability and everything else that happens in an alcoholic home. He caught it from both me—his mother—and his father. Today he is a very angry, confused active

The Slogans Helped Me Ease into Recovery

When I first came to Al‑Anon, I was overwhelmed. However, a member told me that the slogans are an easy way to ease into the program. I thought, okay, here I am—where do I go from here? Then

Even in the Face of Anger

When the Chairperson announced that the topic at the Saturday morning Al‑Anon meeting was control, I sat back in my chair and told myself that I didn’t need to share or even pay attention because control wasn’t my

Terms Used in Al-Anon Service—WSO Notes

Panel—A panel consists of one-third of the Delegates attending the World Service Conference. A panel is elected every year for a three-year term. The elections of the three panels are staggered so that a Conference always includes one

Can We Talk…Please?

Growing up in my alcoholic home, no matter what the issue was, whoever yelled the loudest won. By forcing solutions, I set myself up for many battles throughout my life. When I arrived at Al‑Anon, I met people

My Denial Finally Breaking

The hardest part of working the Al‑Anon program for me is making the continuous effort to be honest. My husband was an alcoholic and has been dead for many years now. However, I still struggle with being honest

It Truly Is a Family Disease

It is not easy to deal with an active drinker, especially when the active drinker in my life is my brother. When I visit him, I feel badly to see how his drinking problem is affecting him. I