WHAT 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.”