WHAT I LEARNED: 1. The item # for this short 12-page piece begins with an “R” because this is a reprint of various articles from The Forum magazine. It came out in 2012 & reprints are typically only printed for a 2-year period. However, demand for this piece must be high because it’s now 4 years later & it is still available for $1, but there’s a good chance that this will be discontinued in 2017 or 2018. The World Service office is currently putting together a brand new pamphlet with the working title “Parents & Grandparents of Problem Drinkers.” It’s for a wider audience & I imagine once that new pamphlet comes out, it will replace this temporary R-18 reprint. So stock up now if you like this item!
2. The main thing I got from this piece is the importance of, & difficulty with, letting someone you love hit their bottom. And it’s different for everyone. I would say to myself, “Surely being homeless & living in a drain, or being arrested & sitting in jail is his bottom.” But what I thought (& desperately wanted to believe), was different than what reality actually was. The only thing I really knew was when I had hit my bottom. …When my desire to go to an Al-Anon meeting changed from casual to urgent. That’s the only true “hitting bottom” I can be sure of.
3. If you’re searching for more Conference Approved Literature that applies specifically to parents, see my previous entry on the pamphlet: To Parents of Alcoholics (item # P-16) or the entire Parents Newcomer Packet (item # K-24).
4. I have 2 favorite lines from this reprint:
From page 3: “If I give one hand to my Higher Power & the other to someone in need, I will keep my hands out of other people’s business & I will be okay.”