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What can I expect at an Al-Anon meeting?

It’s not unusual to feel unsure about going to your first Al‑Anon meeting. Many long-time Al‑Anon members still remember how reluctant they were to go to that meeting. They felt vulnerable, at a difficult time in their lives. But they found understanding and support there, and were glad they went. An Al-Anon member recalls what…

Who Can Attend Al-Anon?

It can become confusing to “outsiders” who have heard of Al-Anon to know whether or not they are permitted to attend an Al-Anon meeting. The following excerpt from the NCWSA website gives us an explanation of “Open”, “Closed”, “Restricted” and “Alateen” meetings: “Open” Al-Anon meetings are open to everyone, including those only seeking information about…

‘One Day at a Time’ is where I am today

The “Just for Today” bookmark (M-12) was the first thing I read in Al-Anon. “Just for today, I will have a quiet half-hour all by myself and relax.” I adopted the quiet time early on and rarely miss a day. During this quiet time, I reflect, think, jot down notes, and sometimes even doze. Recently…

Slogans for Serenity

Some days it’s hard to maintain serenity.  Some days, we need easy reminders of the things we need to focus on.  Acronyms and mnemonics help a lot of people to remember ideas, thoughts, and concepts.  The Al-Anon program includes several simple, familiar, easy-to-remember slogans and acronyms that members have found helpful for coping with a…