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CAL – Item # P-86 – A Guide to Alateen Sponsorship–An Unforgettable Adventure

P-86WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Here’s another instance of me sitting down to read a piece of literature & thinking “I won’t relate to anything in it” & then finding it so interesting!  Topics are covered that I never even considered, such as: how to handle members with ADD, intrusive parents, reporting abuse, kids liking the group sponsor more than their own parent, how an Alateen group can still be self-supporting if the school won’t accept donated money, kids attending Alateen in secret, having an Alateen institutions group, kids afraid of becoming an alcoholic themselves because it’s in their family, & most mind-blowing of all parents removing a kid from Alateen as a way to punish or “ground” them!

2. The overall theme of the booklet is that even though Alateen has its own unique characteristics it is still fundamentally Al-Anon, & that being an Alateen sponsor is Twelfth Step work because the message is being carried forward!

3. In 1993, when this piece was given conceptual approval, it was simply called the Alateen Sponsorship “How To” booklet.  But it turned out to be so comprehensive that when it was published in 1996, three other pieces were discontinued: “Operation Alateen” (item # P-30), “Alateen, Sponsor to Sponsor” (# P-51), & the Guideline “What’s Expected of an Alateen Sponsor” (# G-17).  Alateen e-ManualEventually this booklet met its own demise in 2005 (in fact, I’ll be returning this to our District archives chairperson so she can add it back to her lending library for others to check-out).  It was replaced by a service tool, which I’m thinking is the new “Alateen Service e-Manual” (but I haven’t read that yet to compare & contrast).  😉

4. I have 2 favorite quotes from this book:

From pages 127128: “Examples of things we are powerless over:
1. Alcohol
2. The weather
3. Other people
4. The color of our hair, eyes, and skin
5. When we get sick, or the time of death
6. To whom we are born
7. Our dreams
8. Ocean waves
9. How much we grow
10. Which way the clouds go
11. Loose teeth”

And from page 41: “The problems shared are more likely to be related to school than to home.  It’s amazing how few problems there are in the summer!”

choir**BONUS: When this booklet was originally introduced to the delegates at the World Service Conference, the Alateen Committee serenaded them with their own version of the song “Unforgettable!”

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CAL – Item # P-73 – Alateen Talks Back on: Detachment

P-73WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This booklet came out in 1995 is the 6th (& last) one in the Alateen Talks Back series.  Originally planned as a 9-part series, the 6th piece was supposed to be about the 12 Steps & Traditions but the material eventually ended up in the larger book, Courage to Be Me (item # B-23).  The other booklets that never came to be were: Alateen Talks Back on: Tough Stuff (which dealt with difficult situations i.e. death, divorce, suicide, & abuse) & Alateen Talks Back on: Younger Members (which was added as an extra page insert in the regular Alateen Talk newsletter).

2. What I got out of this booklet is that Detachment = Focusing On Myself.  My two favorite lines are:

PinkFrom page 9: “Detachment is not caring less, it’s caring more for my own serenity.”

From page 16: “[Detachment] helps me to be me, & not become what others want me to be.”

**BONUS: A subscription form to Alateen Talk can now be downloaded directly from the District 6 website by clicking this link: Alateen Talk Newsletter


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CAL – Item # P-72 – Alateen Talks Back on: Higher Power

P-72WHAT I LEARNED: 1. It’s a shame this item was discontinued in 2000 because it’s my favorite of all the booklets in the Alateen Talks Back series.  Many of the sharings liken a Higher Power to a friend that’s always there.  Where there was once isolation, loneliness, & fear, there’s now constant comfort, confidence, & peace.

2. My favorite line is from page 29: “Trust is a five letter word but from it springs many others.  If I trust someone, I’m usually honest, open, caring, friendly, respectful & united with that person.”

**BONUS: A subscription form to Alateen Talk can now be downloaded directly from the District 6 website by clicking this link: Alateen Talk Newsletter


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CAL – Item # P-71 – Alateen Talks Back on: Sponsoring an Alateen Group

P-71WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Since it’s part of the Alateen Talks series, I thought this booklet was going to be Alateens talking about their group sponsors, but nope! Other than a few drawings from kids here & there, it’s basically a piece by & for grown-up Al-Anon members sharing about Alateen service.  I’m guessing it didn’t really serve the needs of Alateen members & didn’t quite reach its target Al-Anon audience because it came out in 1993 & was recommended for discontinuation in 2000 due to poor sales.  😦

2. All that being said, I did learn something new!  🙂 It’s the five S’s from page 16: “Steps, Serenity Prayer, Slogans, Sharing, & Sponsorship.”

3. My two favorite lines are both from page 25:

“This is another area of service that the more I try to give back what I’ve received, the more my debt increases.”

“Since I became a member of Al-Anon, I have been attracted to any situation in which I feel the presence of my Higher Power, & I have felt this presence strongly & frequently in & around these wonderful Alateen members & Sponsors.”

**BONUS: A subscription form to Alateen Talk can now be downloaded directly from the District 6 website by clicking this link: Alateen Talk Newsletter


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CAL – Item # P-70 – Alateen Talks Back on: Slogans

P-70WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Slogans are reminders of choices.

2. I have 2 favorite lines from this booklet (that I almost forget was written by Alateen members because it was so wise!):

From page 26: “I am happy today because: I have today to be happy in.”

From page 23: “As I search with courage for the rainbow, the sky clears.”rainbow-smiley-emoticon

**BONUS: A subscription form to Alateen Talk can now be downloaded directly from the District 6 website by clicking this link: Alateen Talk Newsletter


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CAL – Item # P-69 – Alateen Talks Back on: Serenity

P-69WHAT I LEARNED:  1. Ahhh, light a candle & put on some soothing music because today I read about Serenity (and yes, that’s with a capital “S”)!  At the end of this booklet are ten questions for meeting topics on Serenity & the last one, “Is Serenity contagious?” really made me think.  I know I’ve definitely “caught” it from my Sponsor even when I was in no mood to be serene.  How nice it is to know that some things in this program don’t have to be worked at, struggled for, earned, or deserved.  I can get it just because it’s infectious from healthy people!

2. My favorite line is from page 12: “Recognizing the world answers to its own Higher Power is inviting serenity’s peace to embrace me.”

**BONUS: A subscription form to Alateen Talk can now be downloaded directly from the District 6 website by clicking this link: Alateen Talk Newsletter


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CAL – Item # P-68 – Alateen Talks Back on: Acceptance

P-68WHAT I LEARNED: 1. If you want to see any poetry in Al-Anon, Alateen is the only place you’ll find it published.  Specifically, in a series of booklets called “Alateen Talks Back On” that are compilations of prose, poetry, drawings, & sharings previously submitted to the Alateen Talk newsletter.

2. Acceptance is many things, but what I got out of this booklet is that acceptance is growth.

3. My favorite piece is from page 25:

Broken Heart“broken homes

broken bottles

broken promises

leads to

broken hearts”

**BONUS: A subscription form to Alateen Talk can now be downloaded directly from the District 6 website by clicking this link: Alateen Talk Newsletter