2016 Index of the Forum Articles 2017-12-05T17:16:57+00:00

Worry

  • No worries, no regrets Apr 8
  • How I turned worry and fear into gratitude and serenity Sept 12

Detachment

  • I push my own button—when needed Dec 1

Forgiveness

  • Forgiveness set me free May 16

Talk to Each Other

  • What does your group do when an Al-Anon member reveals they are also a member of A.A.? Jan 22
  • “Are we being too rigid and controlling in our meetings?” Apr 22

Taking Care of Myself

  • I have a new understanding of ‘self-care’ Jun 1
  • Today, I’m doing more of what makes me happy Dec 3

Serenity

  • My serenity is up to me May 5
  • Just for tonight… Aug 9

Focusing on myself

  • Dreams do come true Aug 6
  • Making amends to myself Dec 9

Sponsorship

  • Choosing a Sponsor—one of my biggest steps towards recovery May 14
  • Taking off on my journey of recovery Jun 16
  • A- Anon principles at work—anywhere and everywhere Aug 14

Serving from the Heart

  • Doing my part for Al Anon’s future Oct 16
  • The Trustee: First an Al-Anon Member Nov 18
  • How I became a Trustee Dec 14

Members respond

  • January 2016 Forum—“Talk to Each Other” Apr 24
  • Members respond to the January 2016 Forum “Talk to Each Other” May 23
  • Members respond to the April 2016 “Talk to Each Other” Sept 20

Longtime members

  • Why do I still need Al-Anon after 30 years? Feb 10
  • Newcomers keep me coming back May 10
  • I listened for the similarities, not the differences Oct 7

Higher Power

  • Swimming to the surface Feb 6
  • My Higher Power—my best friend Feb 13
  • It’s okay to fall Apr 11
  • Finding the God of my understanding Aug 10

Control

  • The case for the dual control mattress Apr 9
  • ‘Roll up the window on your side of the car!’ Jul 24
  • I learned to simplify my relationships Oct 6
  • Sometimes, I need to ‘close the blinds’ Sept 10
  • I have power over my own life Oct 15

Choices

  • Making choices that suit my strengths Jan 13
  • I always have choices Jul 1
  • Checking my motives Jul 10
  • I deserve to be happy Nov 14

Change

  • The courage to be me—in a difficult work environment Feb 8
  • Putting fear behind and embracing change Jun 6
  • Accepting the things I cannot change Sept 16
  • Making a change, one book at a time Dec 4

Growth

  • Careful what you ask for… Jan 12
  • I took what I liked, and gave the rest a second look Feb 11
  • Back to basics Jun 8
  • When I listen, I learn Jul 26
  • Embracing the wisdom of Al-Anon Jul 28
  • Progress—all through my life Nov 20

Service

  • Al-Anon service opened my world to new possibilities Jan 5
  • A labor of love—becoming an Alateen Group Sponsor Feb 7
  • I found my voice—in Al-Anon service Mar 6
  • Service—an opportunity not an obligation Sept 9
  • Service connects me to something bigger than my problems Oct 6
  • What I learned as an Alateen Group Sponsor Oct 10
  • An invitation to ‘Keep Coming Back’ Nov 1

Recovery

  • My journey towards sanity Mar 11
  • What does it take to recover in Al-Anon? Apr 7
  • ‘Listen and Learn’ May 12
  • How I celebrate life today Jun 3
  • A new take on my bowling game and recovery Jun 12
  • I can change my thinking Aug 8
  • Recovery—a balancing act Nov 9
  • My first Al-Anon meeting surprised me Nov 10

Al-Anon Adult Children

  • ‘First Things First’—breaking the cycle of indecision Jan 10
  • Practicing ‘Principles above Personalities’ Mar 7
  • Shedding the emotional weight May 8
  • Today, I know that love is unconditional Jun 14
  • My heart is open today Jul 16
  • Forgiving myself for my shortcomings Sept 8
  • From Alateen to Al-Anon: my coming of age journey Oct 12
  • Gratitude: my recipe for a peaceful family holiday dinner Dec 10

Alcoholism, a family disease

  • I stopped hiding behind the masks Jan 8
  • I’m not that powerful Jan 14
  • I found true peace Feb 16
  • Today, I am hopeful Mar 10
  • My mom is on the path to recovery, and so am I Apr 12
  • Upright and balanced—on the trail and in my life May 6
  • How Al-Anon works for me Jun 10
  • My life was unmanageable and insane, only I didn’t know it Jun 18
  • Recovering from the loneliness of alcoholism Aug 22

Conference Approved Literature

  • CAL is beautiful Jan 26
  • Al-Anon’s Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions (B-8) Feb 24
  • Reaching for Personal Freedom (P-92) Mar 24
  • When I Got Busy, I Got Better (P-78) Apr 26
  • Discovering Choices (B-30) May 26
  • Courage to Change (B-16) Jun 26
  • Reaching for Personal Freedom (P-92) Jul 12
  • . . . In All Our Affairs: Making Crisis Work for You (B-15) Aug 26
  • Many Voices, One Journey (B-31) Sept 23
  • What Do YOU Do about the Alcoholic’s Drinking? (P 19) Oct 24

Alateen

  • I can forgive my dad—thanks to Alateen Jan 18
  • Acknowledging my feelings Feb 18
  • I am not alone in my pain Mar 18
  • It’s my turn to help other teens May 18
  • I learned to talk to others and listen, too Jun 17
  • I am responsible for my feelings Jul 18
  • I learned how to take care of myself Aug 12
  • I found myself—in the midst of chaos Sept 14
  • Mending my injured wings Oct 14
  • I’m not the only one Nov 19
  • It isn’t my fault my dad drinks Dec 12

Inside Al-Anon Family Groups

  • New podcast available Jan 19
  • News on the WSO Facebook page Feb 20
  • How Al-Anon is working for me Mar 17
  • How do you work Al-Anon’s Steps? Traditions? Concepts of Service? Apr 18
  • Happy 65th anniversary to AFG! May 20
  • Spicing up my meeting with a variety of CAL Jun 22
  • Al-Anon members’ confidence soars! Jun 23
  • 2016 Alateen Survey results Jul 20
  • Introducing hope to the world at large Jul 22
  • Did you ever wish someone had let you know about Al-Anon earlier? Aug 18
  • What is a ‘Conference Summary’? Aug 20
  • Al-Anon: sharing diversity and strengthening growth worldwide Oct 20
  • Expressing my gratitude Nov 22
  • Five essential tools to enhance personal recovery Dec 16

Need a Meeting Topic?

  • Instant meeting: Step One Jan 25
  • Instant meeting: Step Two Feb 23
  • Instant meeting: Step Three Mar 22
  • Instant meeting: Step Four Apr 21
  • Instant meeting: Step Five May 22
  • Instant meeting: Step Six June 25
  • Instant meeting: Step Seven Jul 19
  • Instant meeting: Step Eight Aug 25
  • Instant meeting: Step Nine Sept 22
  • Instant meeting: Step Ten Oct 23
  • Instant meeting: Step Eleven Nov 24
  • Instant meeting: Step Twelve Dec 24

Parents of Alcoholics

  • When I know better, I do better Jan 6
  • We traded sadness and despair for peace and hope Feb 12
  • I am able to accept and love my son just as he is Mar 8
  • A mother’s newfound serenity Apr 10
  • A grandmother unlocks the power Step One May 9
  • A mother practices ‘Live and Let Live’ Jul 3
  • Today, I love my son with no resentments Aug 7
  • Change—A journey of ‘Progress Not Perfection’ Sept 7
  • I learned to detach from my son—with love Oct 5
  • I can love my daughter without trying to manage her life Oct 8
  • I was changing, and I liked it Nov 16
  • Stop and listen Nov 12
  • Learning to heal my own pain Dec 23

Realizing our Spiritual Potential

  • Today, I recognize my endless potential Jan 20
  • I now realize I had that same hope I saw in others Feb 19
  • Setting my spiritual priorities for the larger picture Mar 20
  • Realizing my spiritual potential with the help of my Higher Power Apr 16
  • Service has given me far more than I could ever give back May 19
  • I now have a sense of wholeness Jun 20
  • Stepping outside my comfort zone Jul 8
  • As I give in service, I receive in spiritual abundance Aug 16
  • Service keeps me coming back Oct 18
  • I learned to let go, and trust in myself Oct 18
  • A rising tide lifts all boats Nov 21
  • Overcoming resistance to fulfilling my spiritual potential Dec 26

Twelve Traditions

  • Tradition One: Our personal growth benefits our common welfare Jan 30
  • Tradition Two: Seeing the good in others and letting go of the rest Feb 30
  • Tradition Three: As a group, we have no other affiliation Mar 30
  • Tradition Four: Autonomy and responsibility go hand in hand Apr 30
  • Tradition Five: It begins with me May 30
  • Tradition Six: I can heal and grow without any distractions Jun 30
  • Tradition Seven: I will do my part to keep the group going Jul 32
  • Tradition Eight: Balancing business and fellowship Aug 30
  • Tradition Nine: I learned to delegate, and trust the outcome Sept 30
  • Tradition Ten: A loving family dynamic Oct 30
  • Tradition Eleven: Anonymity and humility go hand in hand Nov 30Tradition Twelve: I try to do the right thing Dec 30

Twelve Concepts of Service

  • Concept One: Doing my part within the Al-Anon group Jan 32
  • Concept Two: Delegating my authority helps me grow Feb 32
  • Concept Three: The balance between authority and delegated responsibility Mar 32
  • Concept Four: My participation is key to Al-Anon Apr 32
  • Concept Five: I feel safe expressing my opinion May 32
  • Concept Six: Delegating and letting go Jun 32
  • Concept Seven: Balance and boundaries guide Al-Anon service Jul 31
  • Concept Eight: Learning to delegate authority Aug 32
  • Concept Nine: Taking inventory of my leadership skills Sept 32
  • Concept Ten: Restoring balance at work and at home Oct 32
  • Concept Eleven: I am not alone on my journey Nov 32
  • Concept Twelve: Finding the right fit for me Dec 30

Twelve Steps

  • Step One: I learned to tie my own shoes, and rescue myself Jan 28
  • Step Two: A new connection with my Higher Power Feb 28
  • Step Three: I quit struggling Mar 28
  • Step Four: A self-inventory without judgment Apr 28
  • Step Five: My first experience with unconditional love May 28
  • Step Six: I needed to accept my defects first Jun 28
  • Step Seven: I cannot do it alone Jul 30
  • Step Eight: Being willing and honest about my amends Aug 29
  • Step Nine: A new relationship with my dad Sept 28
  • Step Ten: Acting on Step Ten reunites me with reality Oct 28
  • Step Eleven: How I faced life-changing challenges Nov 28
  • Step Twelve: Planting the seeds of service Dec 28

Letters

  • Acceptance was the beginning of my recovery Jan 1
  • Discovering that I always have choices Jan 3
  • To my son Jan 4
  • Today, I live a life of gratitude Feb 3
  • Growth doesn’t happen overnight Feb 4
  • I am only responsible for myself Feb 5
  • I gave myself the ‘welcome home’ I needed Mar 3
  • I reclaimed my guest room—and my life Mar 4
  • I finally learned to relax Mar 5
  • Of birds, squirrels, and newcomers… Mar 5
  • One strip at a time… Apr 1
  • Sponsorship—I stopped taking shortcuts Apr 3
  • Coming to terms with my unacceptable behavior Apr 4
  • What keeps me coming back Apr 5
  • Do I want to be right or happy? Apr 6
  • When the lake dried up… May 1
  • It’s okay to let life happen May 3
  • I found gratitude at the end of a lawnmower May 4
  • Today, my toolbox is full Jun 4
  • I found healing and hope Jun 4
  • I learned to skate to the edge, and catch my breath Jun 5
  • How I use the slogans for my recovery Jun 5
  • A little effort goes a long way Jul 4
  • Hands off the steering wheel Jul 4
  • There’s a slogan for that! Jul 5
  • Building my charm bracelet Jul 6
  • I’m keeping the new sweater for me Jul 6
  • I found my silver lining Aug 1
  • The benefits of a walking pole—and a Sponsor Aug 3
  • Focusing on me helps me live my life Aug 4
  • Customizing my ‘pain scale’ Aug 5
  • How am I doing? Sept 1
  • When to take down the sails, and give way to the wind Sept 3
  • Focusing on the here and now Sept 4
  • I choose love over fear Sept 5
  • Fall reflections Oct 1
  • I take it one step at a time, and keep going Oct 3
  • Turning it over Oct 4
  • My first puppy Nov 4
  • The gift of friendship Nov 5
  • A rotation of service Nov 6
  • I know Who floats my boat Nov 7
  • My kids love the new me Nov 8
  • A bowl full of hope Dec 5
  • Using the right tool for the job Dec 5
  • A change of focus—thanks to CAL Dec 6
  • An oasis of hope Dec 6