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CAL – Item # P-15 – Three Views of Al-Anon


P-15WHAT I LEARNED:  1. This pamphlet’s additional title is: “Alcoholics Speak to the Family”, & so far on this “reading” journey it marks the second appearance of Bill Wilson’s contribution to our pamphlets.  It starts with a small excerpt from his talk at the first Al-Anon trial conference in 1961.  The other main sections are from a 1969 article from AA’s journal The Grapevine, & “An Open Letter to My Family” (based on material which appears in “Guide for the Family of the Alcoholic” (item # P-7)).

2. After reading The Grapevine article, I now know not to try doing Al-Anon 12th Step work with the alcoholic.   That must explain why it’s the only Step that is different from AA’s.   It’s their responsibility to “carry this message to alcoholics”, & it’s ours to carry it “to others.”


2 thoughts on “CAL – Item # P-15 – Three Views of Al-Anon

  1. Thank you for sharing.This is interesting. I never knew this.

    • I’m learning right along with you! Now I’m also curious to hear the rest of Bill W’s talk at the ’61 conference. I couldn’t find any transcript of his speech, but apparently there are a few places online to buy a CD of it…

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