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PODCAST – Item #’s B-21 / S-25 – From Survival To Recovery / Did You Grow Up With A Problem Drinker?

b-21Episode 4 of my “CAL Chat” podcast is now available to listen to!  To hear it, please visit the show’s webpage at: www.calchat.libsyn.com (or you can subscribe to it for free on iTunes & Google Play Music as well & you’ll be notified every time a new episode is posted).

In part 1 of 2, Jan talks about her favorite section, pages 14-15, from the book From Survival to Recovery: Growing Up in an Alcoholic Home (item # B-21).  She shares which qualities of an Adult Child of an alcoholic that she identifies with, what a literature study group is like, & how this book can touch members of Alcoholics Anonymous too!  As she says, “You gotta feel it, before you can heal it!”

s25In part 2 of 2, the conversation with Jan continues with her favorite piece of outreach literature, the leaflet/questionnaire: Did You Grow Up With A Problem Drinker? (item # S-25).  This can be an eye-opening piece for people that realize they experienced the effects of alcoholism in their family, rather than just in their current relationship.  We discuss ways it can be used for outreach, workshops, & as a barometer for our recovery progress.  Find out what is like peanut butter & chocolate, & what we’d like to see on a bumper sticker!


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PODCAST – Item #’s B-6 / S-19 – One Day At A Time / Detachment

CAL Chat Podcast

Episode 2 of my “CAL Chat” podcast is now available to listen to!  It was such a good conversation, I didn’t want to edit anything out, so I had to break it into 2 parts.  To hear it, please visit the show’s webpage at: www.calchat.libsyn.com (or you can subscribe to it for free on iTunes & Google Play Music as well & you’ll be notified every time a new episode is posted).

B-6 One Day at a TimeIn part 1 of 2 of Episode 2, BJ talks about her favorite reading, June 14th (pg 166), from the daily reader One Day At A Time In Al-Anon (item # B-6, B-14 for large print).  She shares her definition of serenity & mentions other possible side effects from taking the medicine of recovery.  A special “bonus material” hunt is involved with this particular page that I explain about in the show  Can you find it?  Happy hunting!

Part 2 of 2 of Episode 2 continues the conversation with BJ and her favorite piece of outreach literature, the Detachment (item # S-19) leaflet.  We discuss detaching with love, being able to separate the disease from the alcoholic, and how Al-Anon is not a self-help program, but a we program!

Hope you enjoy listening & happy reading!!  🙂

**BONUS: Wondering about what Episode 1 was about?  (Hint: see my entry from last month about item # B-22/B-32!)

 

 

 


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CAL – Item # S-19 – Detachment

S-19WHAT I LEARNED:  This leaflet started out in a WSO newsletter for professionals to educate them on how Al-Anon uses the word “detachment” but this outreach piece soon became a runaway hit with members for their own personal recovery.  At a meeting last year, I heard this leaflet read aloud & the first 4 paragraphs sounded almost like a prayer.  I have not been able to read it any other way since.


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CAL – Item # S-17 – Are You Troubled by Someone’s Drinking?

S-17WHAT I LEARNED:  1. This is the fourth item in the Professional Packet & is one of my top selling outreach items – now I can see why.  This questionnaire is written very broadly so it can apply to anyone affected by alcoholism – including adult children of alcoholics & kids that might be thinking about Alateen as well.

2. This item could almost double as a list of coping mechanisms, games I played, & the emotional impact of my attempts to control the uncontrollable.  So if someone asks me “What were you like before the program & what did you do?” I can hand them this leaflet & say, “Here’s a list of 20 things just to start off with!”


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CAL – Item # S-20 – Has Your Life Been Affected by Someone Else’s Drinking?

S-20WHAT I LEARNED: This is the third item in the Professional Packet & is a leaflet of 20 questions that I’m presuming the professional would give to a kid to see if Alateen is for them.  …If only the counselor I was forced to see back in my high school days would have given this to me!   Because I always find myself wishing that I would’ve learned about this program earlier!!

Smiley Phone**BONUS: This questionnaire is just 1 of approximately 80 items that are available electronically.  Many are from the Outreach materials category & are great for sending to someone that prefers reading from their phone!   Visit either of these 2 sites to start downloading free literature:   AFG CAL Store   or  AFG Members’ Website


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CAL – Item # S-25 – Did you Grow up With a Problem Drinker?

S-25WHAT I LEARNED:  This is the sixth item in the Adult Children of Alcoholics Newcomer Packet & is a personal favorite of mine.  When I first came into the program I was given this leaflet & I remember secretly answering “Yes” to all 20 questions.  It spooked me because I thought “How can someone – whoever created this questionnaire – that has never met me, know me better than my own family?”  Today I’m glad I got a chance to re-read this after all these years because now I can answer “No” & “Sometimes” to a few questions since I’ve gotten a bit better.  I’ll definitely be using this leaflet as a barometer in the future as well!

**BONUS:  All the other items in this ACOA packet were already covered in my posts from a couple of weeks ago for the General Newcomer Packet.  …Next up – the Parents’ Newcomer Packet.