2017 Index of the Forum Articles 2017-12-05T16:41:25+00:00

Expectations

  • Letting Go of Expectations November 24

Fear

  • I No Longer Live in Fear November 20

Shame

  • From Shame to Healing November 2

Gratitude

  • From Despair to Gratitude November 23

Success

  • “Keep Coming Back” October 21

Humor

  • The meeting with no steps… Jan 13

Spiritual Awakening

  • My spiritual Awakening: I found the real me Feb. 10
  • I can see my spiritual potential May 1

Self Worth

  • Having Power over My Own Life November 5

Service

  • Service Helped Me Grow November 23

Belonging

  • I Felt Welcomed and Wanted October 5

Carrying the Message

  • I Found a Sense of Unity October 9

Awareness

  • Learning the Art of Listening November 10

Choices

  • Al‑Anon Helps Me in My Interactions with Others October 27

Letting Go

  • My Burdens Weighed Me Down Until I Found Al‑Anon October 24

Humility

  • I Don’t Always Have to Be Right October 8

Judgment

  • Practicing acceptance without judgment March 1
  • Al‑Anon Helped Me Finally Grow Up September 22

Al-Anon Adult Children

  • I learned how to be honest with myself April 18
  • Getting busy and getting better June 11

Focus on Myself

  • A Return to Recovery October 20
  • I Put the Focus on Myself November 4

Confusion

  • Embracing confusion: a part of my discovery process Feb. 1
  • Dealing with Feelings September 25

Growth

  • Learning to Let Go of My Adult Child October 12
  • It Takes Courage October 8
  • The Best Me Ever November 12

Abundance

  • Recognizing the abundance in my life March 5
  • Experiencing Abundant Joy April 21
  • My difficulties led me to a place of abundance June 7

Trust

  • How I keep fear from the door Feb. 14
  • No One Told Me What I Had To Do August 3
  • Learning to Open Up to Myself and Others September 12

Let It Begin with Me

  • My confidence and self-esteem grew through service Feb. 5
  • When public outreach turns personal Feb. 11
  • Looking at My Part in the Relationship August 14

Relationships

  • I am learning what friendship means March 4
  • The wisdom of doing nothing May 6
  • Mothering or Enabling? September 8
  • I Refrained from Judging November 28

Compassion

  • Opening my heart and practicing compassion Feb. 4
  • I can be compassionate June 1
  • Loving the person, not the disease June 6
  • Al-Anon helped me have compassion July 4

Acceptance

  • Practicing Al-Anon principles in all our affairs March 12
  • I asked God to guide my words June 10
  • Leaving room for love July 11
  • Taking My Gratitude to the Next Level September 7
  • Letting Go of Worry September 11

Alcoholism—The Family Disease

  • I didn’t know my life had been affected by alcoholism until I was an adult Feb. 20
  • What kept me coming back? March 14
  • The seed was planted May 14
  • Finding my way out July 6

Connecting People from Around the World

  • Reaping a bounty in recovery April 26
  • Al-Anon helped me appreciate my sister May 22
  • I needed people who understood July 22
  • Sharing Anywhere, Anytime Online August 5

Changed Attitudes

  • Turning Negative Thinking Into Positive Actions Feb. 6
  • Changing a negative attitude with gratitude April 10
  • I Don’t Have To Participate in the Drama August 4
  • You Light Up My Life! August 22
  • Turning My Anxiety into Gratitude September 6

Powerlessness

  • I came for a quick fix and found a way of life March 10
  • Remembering how far I have come May 5
  • I became willing to surrender June 8
  • Learning to Accept My Powerlessness October 3

Serenity

  • I’m willing to pay the ‘right’ price for serenity Feb. 15
  • The Gift of Silence Feb. 17
  • The beginning of my serenity May 8
  • Finding Serenity, whether the Alcoholic Is Drinking or Not August 6
  • Timing October 7
  • I Am Not Alone November 2

Higher Power

  • I am in my Higher Power’s care—no matter what Jan 14
  • Service seems large, but my Higher Power is in charge! May 10
  • A life worth living June 5
  • I listened to the nudge July 1
  • Expanding My View of God August 17
  • I Chose “Page Magic” September 4

Parents of Alcoholics

  • I stepped off the ‘worry bus’ Jan 8
  • I learned to trust my Higher Power—unconditionally Jan 11
  • Physical Therapy for the soul Feb. 16
  • My son’s alcoholism changed my whole identity March 8
  • Better communication started with me April 8
  • I have a new relationship with my daughter April 11
  • My journey of healing May 3
  • No unhappiness too great to be lessened June 13
  • I won’t stop July 3
  • I kept coming back July 8

Need a Meeting Topic?

  • Instant Meeting: Step One Jan 25
  • Instant Meeting: Step Two Feb. 27
  • Instant Meeting: Step Three March 23
  • Instant meeting: Step Four April 25
  • Instant meeting on Step Five May 21
  • Instant meeting on Step Six June 23
  • Instant meeting on Step Seven July 24
  • Instant Meeting on Step Eight August 27
  • Here’s an Instant Meeting on Step Nine September 15
  • Here’s an Instant Meeting on Step Ten October 26
  • Here’s an Instant Meeting on Step Eleven November 22

Letters

  • Sometimes, a dirty windshield will do Jan 3
  • Reaching new levels of self-discovery Jan 4
  • Taking the time to trust the process Jan 5
  • Plugged into my Higher Power Jan 6
  • Recovery depends on a new outlook April 3
  • Respect starts with me April 5
  • I have serenity insurance April 7
  • The Traditions help my parenting April 7
  • Finding my way May 4
  • Putting everything in the right order May 6

Taking Care of Myself

  • I’m a better person and parent Feb. 8
  • No one deserves my love as much as I do March 6
  • When in doubt—HALT March 13
  • My closet, myself April 14
  • Choosing whether to ride the roller coaster May 7
  • Who Am I? August 2
  • Al-Anon Saved My Life August 3
  • My Healing Began with Al‑Anon October 19
  • From Pleasing Others to Pleasing Myself November 12

Parents of Alcoholics

  • I stepped off the ‘worry bus’ Jan 8
  • I learned to trust my Higher Power—unconditionally Jan 11
  • Physical Therapy for the soul Feb. 16
  • My son’s alcoholism changed my whole identity March 8
  • Better communication started with me April 8
  • I have a new relationship with my daughter April 11
  • My journey of healing May 3
  • No unhappiness too great to be lessened June 13
  • I won’t stop July 3
  • I kept coming back July 8

Recovery

  • Today, I have a true sense of who I am Jan 7
  • Where I am, thanks to Al-Anon April 1
  • It takes courage June 4
  • Tuning in to recovery June 12
  • A spiritual journey of change July 9
  • Following Al-Anon basics July 1
  • Putting together the pieces of my puzzle July 12
  • Living a Real Life August 5
  • I’ll Keep Coming Back September 14
  • Feeling the Vastness of My Emotions September 25
  • One Member’s View of Recovery October 25

Serving from the Heart

  • The Board of Trustees orientation: looking beyond the legal jargon Jan 18
  • I can do many things with the help of others Feb. 18
  • What does leadership mean to me? March 16
  • Stepping up in leadership as part of a team April 16
  • Helping preserve Al-Anon unity May 16
  • Service work in action June 16
  • Teaming up for TEAM July 16
  • Following the Path to Sanity and Recovery August 18
  • Road Trip! You and Your Board Connect September 16

Control

  • Getting off the rollercoaster of control Jan 17
  • Today, I know how things work for me—for me Feb. 3
  • Opening the doors of my mind April 13
  • Focusing on My Own Life August 2
  • My Controlling Behavior Is Reflected in Nature August 8
  • Looking for a Red and White Pickup Truck September 7
  • Getting Out of God’s Way September 19
  • Avoiding the Yellow Line November

Alateen

  • Alateen gave me the confidence to stand up to bullies Jan 13
  • A change in perspective—thanks to my experience with Alateen Feb. 9
  • My parents’ drinking wasn’t my fault March 19
  • A teen finds welcome relief April 24
  • Gaining perspective in Alateen May 20
  • I have grown to value myself June 22
  • My life became so much better July 20
  • This Is My Story August 7
  • Practicing Gratitude September 18
  • I Am Not Alone October 2
  • Finding True Hope November 8
  • I’m Not Perfect November 9

Sponsorship

  • I did the work, and my life began to change Jan 24
  • Being shown the way May 12
  • Learning from my sponsor’s example May 23
  • My Higher Power put me in this position June 24
  • I trusted my sponsor July 26
  • My Relationships Improved August 24
  • Yes, Let’s Talk about It September 10
  • Finding a Sponsor Made All the Difference October 10
  • Two Perspectives on Sponsorship November 16

Our Members: Our Hope for the Future

  • Trusted servants share on this year’s Conference theme Jan 22
  • Every member is a link in Al-Anon’s chain of recovery Feb. 22
  • Keep extending that welcoming hand March 18
  • Finding hope at my first Al-Anon meeting April 20
  • I’m a proud member – part of the whole May 18
  • Hope protects me from despair June 18
  • I need service for my recovery July 14
  • What Do I Care About in Al-Anon August 20
  • Trusted Servants Share on this Year’s Conference Theme September 21
  • Expanding the Circle of Hope Around the Globe October 22
  • The Importance of Stepping Up November 18

Inside Al-Anon Family Groups

  • What makes a sharing a ‘daily reader sharing’? Jan 26
  • The universal language of the family disease of alcoholism Feb. 24
  • ‘Let It Begin With Me”—Group Service March 20
  • Group phone contacts are V.I.P.s in Al-Anon April 22
  • Leaving a “paper trail” still matters in Al-Anon May 26
  • Alateen gave me courage June 20
  • Worthy of protecting July 18
  • Our Strongest Bond August 12
  • Celebrating One Day at a Time! Al‑Anon’s International Convention 2018 September 24
  • We Are Happy to Announce October 24
  • Celebrating 60 Years of Alateen October 16
  • Are You Ready for the Holidays? November 13
  • A New Way to Let Go November 14

Conference Approved Literature

  • Opening Our Hearts, Transforming Our Losses (B-29) Jan 20
  • I am not the only one Feb. 12
  • Alateen literature is for Al-Anon members too! Feb. 12
  • Helping me deal with conflict Feb. 13
  • What Paths to Recovery means to me March 25
  • A bonus to my recovery March 25
  • An invaluable resource March 25
  • Walking me through my fears April 12
  • Finding freedom, finding myself April 12
  • Responding rather than reacting May 24
  • No longer just “surviving” May 25
  • I was ready for suggestions June 26
  • Flexibility can be a guiding principle July 25
  • Grieving the Loss of a Dream August 10
  • Caring for Myself August 10
  • Working through the Chaos September 26
  • Growing Up with Alateen’s 4th Step Inventory September 27
  • Finding Hope October 6
  • An Index of Hope and Recovery October 6
  • Replacing My Defects—the Answer to My Dilemma November 26
  • Communicating with Honesty November 27

Twelve Concepts of Service

  • Concept One: I am part of the process Jan 32
  • Concept Two: Keeping my side of the street clean Feb. 32
  • Concept Four: Relationships are equal endeavors April 32
  • Concept Five: I’m starting to trust the process May 32
  • Concept Six: This takes major letting go June 32
  • Concept Seven: The result is trust and harmony July 32
  • Concept Eight: Letting Go and Trusting Others August 32
  • Concept Nine: Choosing to Practice Al-Anon Principles September 32
  • Concept Nine: Taking Responsibility for Our Part October 32
  • Concept Eleven: A Surprisingly Effective Creation November 32

Twelve Steps

  • Step One: Blizzards no longer scare me Jan 28
  • Step Two: Being able to see again Feb. 28
  • Step Three: Step Three: Trusting my Higher Power for my ‘care package.’ March 28
  • Step Four: Seeing that I do matter April 28
  • Step Five: Growing in trust with my sponsor May 28
  • Step Six: Al-Anon is my repair shop June 28
  • Step Seven: I require a one-on-one relationship July 28
  • Step Eight: Seeing My Patterns Clearly August 28
  • Step Nine: The Wonderful Power of Making Amends September 28
  • Step Ten: Improving My Relationships October 29
  • Step Eleven: Using My Fear Today November 30

Twelve Traditions

  • Tradition One: Making regular deposits into my serenity account Jan 30
  • Tradition Two: What does group conscience mean for my personal recovery? Feb. 30
  • Tradition Three: We all share the same story 28
  • Tradition Four: Honoring what’s best for me—and for others April 30
  • Tradition Five: Finding compassion May 30
  • Tradition Six: Safeguard this special place June 30
  • Tradition Seven: What’s in your cupboard July 30
  • Tradition Eight: Finding My True Identity August 30
  • Tradition Nine: Lightening My Load September 30
  • Tradition Ten: Learning to Be Respectful October 30
  • Tradition Eleven: I Am Equal November 31