Adding a local Al‑Anon District or Al‑Anon Information Service telephone number, email, and/or website address to public outreach materials makes it easier for newcomers to find meetings in your community. A sticker or mailing address label can easily be placed on or inside the front cover, or on the back covers of leaflets, pamphlets, or Al‑Anon Faces Alcoholism magazines. A business card can also be attached.
Although Al‑Anon is a worldwide program, a local telephone number, email, or website address is another way of saying “Al‑Anon groups meet in your community.”
We always attach a copy of the district’s Where & When inside the cover of the Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism booklet before distributing.
This sounds like a great idea to me. It’s difficult to find the courage to walk into that first Al-Anon Meeting. And, if a person has to struggle to find out where and when meetings are available, they may never get there.
We use our local Information Center Contact information which includes a phone number & web address!
Our small mountain community put a personal number on the brochure of the secretary… it helps a lot. We are 40 miles from any town
Yes, it would be great if we put more info out for people to see
I will carry this message to my local Al-Anon California south area.
Our district meeting decided to just use the WSO 800 # due to the same concerns that Lois’s group has.
I agree that it is a great idea to have a phone number and email address on our Al-Anon pamphlets.
I agree that times have changed. Our group has a high number of walk-ins that filter thru and I would not feel comfortable having my name and or email public. Our group used to maintain a weekly sign up available for those willing to accept calls during the next week. Few members use this anymore opting for one-on-one inter share after the meeting and personal phone exchange if desired.
It’s my experience that a name/phone number/email can lie dormant on an AFA or other public outreach material until a newcomer actually makes the decision to contact. By the time a newcomer uses the contact, it very well may not be current. In fact, if Tradition 2 is being practiced, it would not be current because that trusted servant position rotates. It’s important that contact information points a newcomer to an AIS that is established for the purpose of providing information. Providing space on our public outreach material for that local AIS contact information would provide those AFG members in… Read more »
I agree, that a phone number or Email would be nice for most members of Al-Anon in our counties, it would help bridge the communications between our diverse communities!
Our group does this. We have stickers made up that we put on Al-Anon pamphlets etc. that we leave in public places!!
Pleased to let you know that we are already doing this and yes, it was advantageous in getting the message out there, that help is available.
It would help if pamphlets, bookmarks, etc. included enough space to stamp or apply a label with local contact information. The 20 questions for Alateens is a good example of no space.
Yes I agree
It would be nice to have a personal email or phone for people to call however times have changed over the years. If these names and contact information is made public the people listed could get huge amounts of spam phone tandem/or emails. I like that AL-ANON has an official state phone number to call or office to meet at. This shyne sufficient. Having the phones forwarded to some who might be available 24/7 would provide the same thing as a personal contact.