Al-Anon has published guidelines and resources that represent the shared experience of over 40,000 groups worldwide. Following these guidelines is often the key to an effective and growing Al-Anon organization.
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(G-2) Beginners' Meeting Beginners' Meetings are an important part of our Al-Anon Family Groups. Members introduce newcomers to the Al-Anon program as well as inform them about the disease of alcoholism. They give the newcomers an opportunity to discuss their feelings with long-time members, which is something they cannot always do at meetings with preplanned programs. Remember, when chairing a Beginner's Meeting you are simply sharing the experience, strength and hope that you found in the Al-Anon program of recovery. This Guideline simply offers suggestions to make your sharing easier.
(G-8a) Taking A Group InventoryTaking a periodic group inventory helps to keep your group healthy and invigorated. Members can use the inventory to discuss new service opportunities and address major or minor concerns before the groups unity is disrupted. Various methods for taking a group inventory are described.
(G-13) Suggested Programs for Meetings Al-Anon groups are the heart of the Al-Anon program -- great meetings insure healthy groups! Varying the meeting topics and planning specific programs keeps the group healthy, alive and interesting. Preparing for a meeting, whether it is telling your own story or researching the vast treasure of Al-Anon literature and materials, stimulates growth and self confidence. There are as many possibilities for topics and types of meetings as there are groups and individual members.
(G-14) Services in Correctional Facilities Statistics show that many inmates/residents are incarcerated as a result of alcohol and drug abuse and/or the effects of the disease. Establishing an Al-Anon or Alateen group in a correctional facility provides an opportunity for residents and their loved ones to learn about the Al-Anon program of recovery.
(G-16) Alateen Conferences An Alateen Conference is an opportunity for Alateen members and Alateen Group Sponsors to increase their understanding of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions through the sharing of ideas, fun and fellowship.
(G-18) Literature Distribution Centers Al-Anon literature distribution centers (LDCs) provide Al-Anon members with local access and quick delivery of Al-Anon books, pamphlets, kits, posters, films, guidelines, and other Al-Anon material.
(G-19) Starting an Alateen Group Starting an Alateen group is a spiritual undertaking. It takes time, commitment, the support of one or more Al-Anon groups, and patience.
(G-20) Al-Anon/Alateen Area Conventions An area convention is an occasion for Al-Anon and Alateen members to gather for fun and fellowship, to celebrate their beginnings, enhance their understanding of the program, and to find ways to attract new members.
(G-22) A Meeting on Wheels A meeting on wheels is an opportunity for Al-Anon and Alateen members to demonstrate what a meeting is like to potential members, professionals and others interested in learning about the help and hope available in our fellowship.
(G-24) Area Alateen Coordinators Congratulations! You have accepted an exciting, gratifying and challenging area of service. As an Alateen Coordinator, you play a vital role in the well-being of Al-Anon/Alateen as a whole.
(G-27) The Open Al-Anon Meeting Many groups hold special open meetings for occasions such as their group anniversary. Some groups that generally are considered "closed" hold periodic meetings open to the public. In some cases, several groups get together and hold an open meeting for public outreach.
(G-30) Area Archives One of the best ways to protect the future of the Al-Anon fellowship in an area is to look to the past.
(G-31) Ordering Literature As the person who orders literature for your Al-Anon group, you have an exciting opportunity to bring the treasury of Conference Approved Literature (CAL) and other Al-Anon material to each person seeking recovery in Al-Anon...
(G-34) Alateen Safety Guidelines Alateens are members of the Al-Anon fellowship who have suffered because of the alcoholism of a loved one. They have come to Alateen seeking recovery. Before recovery can take place, an environment of trust and safety must exist.
(G-36) Group Records Coordinator The area group records coordinator serves as the nuts and bolts of the communication connection between the Al-Anon and Alateen member, the group, district, information service, area, the entire service structure, and the World Service Office (WSO).
(G-38) Area Public Outreach Coordinator Public Outreach informs the general public through the media, professionals, facilities, and organizations about who we are, what we do, and how to get in touch with us...
(G-39) Electronic Al-Anon Meeting Guideline Al-Anon Family Groups acknowledge the potential and value of the Internet and other electronic communications media for communicating information about Al-Anon and offering hope and comfort to the families and friends of alcoholics.
(G-40) Guideline for Al-Anon Web Sites The Internet is an economical communication media that many of the Al-Anon Family Groups' links of service use to reach potential newcomers, professionals, the media, and the general public.
(S-60) Fact Sheet for Electronic Meetings Electronic Al-Anon meetings are a supplement to regular attendance at “face-to-face” Al-Anon groups. Likewise, participation as a member in the functions of a group and personal involvement in Twelfth Step service work are important.