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CAL Chat

PAT A. - Al-Anon Literature Fan

Podcast where we talk about our favorite Al-Anon & Alateen literature & how it has improved our lives.

Episodes

Ep. 11_Part 4 of 4_From Survival To Recovery
13:38
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 13:38
Ep. 11_Part 4 of 4_From Survival To Recovery

Susan & I talk about different ways (in part 4 of 4 of Episode 11) to use the book “From Survival To Recovery” (B-21) for outreach purposes — including raffle baskets!  We also explore how one can contribute to Al-Anon other than putting money in the Seventh Tradition basket.  She singles out the section "Steps to the Future" from page 255 (or 257 depending on the book's edition) & we remember what it was like growing up in an alcoholic home.  Lastly, we look forward to the brand new book that will be debuting at the international convention in 2018!

 

 

Ep. 11_Part 3 of 4_From Survival To Recovery
11:08
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 11:08
Ep. 11_Part 3 of 4_From Survival To Recovery

In part 3 of 4 (of Episode 11), Susan's pick for her favorite outreach piece of literature is the book “From Survival To Recovery” (B-21) because she grew up in an alcoholic home.  She highlights the chapter "Picking Up The Tools" on page 107.  We also talk about why 1994 was a good year for Conference Approved Literature (CAL) & how this book marked a turning point for Al-Anon.

  

Ep. 11_Part 2 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better
10:29
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 10:29
Ep. 11_Part 2 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better

I ask Susan a question in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 11) from page 23 of the booklet “When I Got Busy, I Got Better” (P-78).  She explains helping vs enabling, we discuss a quote from page 2, how we could use the second half of the book in a meeting, & the difference between being grateful & thankful.  A NOTE OF CAUTION: this is the first episode to include EXPLICIT language, so proceed accordingly!  

  

Ep. 11_Part 1 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better
11:17
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 11:17
Ep. 11_Part 1 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better

Susan shares, in part 1 of 4 of Episode 11, about how the booklet “When I Got Busy, I Got Better” (P-78) impacted her life.  We discuss the different types of fear in Chapter One, how service keeps us from isolating, & that we're so glad there's no performance review in service work!

  

Ep. 10_Part 4 of 4_Just For Today
15:33
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 15:33
Ep. 10_Part 4 of 4_Just For Today

In part 4 of 4 (of Episode 10), Wendy shares what she is hoping for with a new change for the upcoming “2017 World Service Conference Summary” (P-46) due in August & what sets this item apart from the rest of the literature in the CAL Catalog (S-15).  She also reveals a unique location to leave the “Just For Today” bookmark (M-12) that is too high of a risky spot for me.  Discover what is on the second “Just For Today” bookmark (M-13) & what one word on the wallet card version (M-11) is hidden in our literature! 

        

Ep. 10_Part 3 of 4_Just For Today
16:08
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 16:08
Ep. 10_Part 3 of 4_Just For Today

The bookmark, “Just For Today” (M-12), is Wendy’s favorite piece of outreach literature in part 3 of 4 of Episode 10.  We talk about the current conversation at Al-Anon’s headquarters, the World Service Office, regarding the recommendation to remove the PRAYER FOR TODAY section.  Using pages 57 – 60 of the “2016 World Service Conference Summary” (P-46), we explore the CAL process to remove, edit, or replace the prayer.  Wendy shares about the interaction between the Literature Committee & the World Service Conference & how it’s important to not be afraid to have uncomfortable discussions that affect literature decisions.

   

Ep. 10_Part 2 of 4_How Al-Anon Works
12:20
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 12:20
Ep. 10_Part 2 of 4_How Al-Anon Works

The conversation with Wendy continues about slogans in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 10) from “How Al-Anon Works” (B-22 for hardcover, B-32 for softcover).  We focus on “Let Go & Let God” (especially the importance of faith in the 2nd half) & how a specific physical token can be used as a reminder to put this slogan into action!  I give recommendations on other CAL pieces to reference for a deeper dive into the slogans & lastly, find out why I consider slogans are similar to jewels.

   

    

Ep. 10_Part 1 of 4_How Al-Anon Works
11:39
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 11:39
Ep. 10_Part 1 of 4_How Al-Anon Works

Wendy shares, in part 1 of 4 of Episode 10, about using the slogans from Chapter 9 of “How Al-Anon Works” (B-22 for hardcover, B-32 for softcover) as stepping stones to serenity & how serenity can eventually become a guiding force in our lives for making decisions.  We also look closer at “Let it Begin With Me” as not just something that we say at the end of an Al-Anon meeting or having to do with outreach.

 

Ep. 9_Part 4 of 4_Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017
14:05
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 14:05
Ep. 9_Part 4 of 4_Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017

Pat explains in Episode 9's last part, (#4), that of all the things she has tried, how Al-Anon is the only thing that truly helped.  We discuss ways to enhance the “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017” magazine while using it for outreach purposes & she wraps up with a “Last Words” section about amends & Step Nine.

 

 

Ep. 9_Part 3 of 4_Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017
14:23
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 14:23
Ep. 9_Part 3 of 4_Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017

In part 3 of 4 (of Episode 9), Pat highlights sections from her favorite outreach piece of literature, the new “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017” magazine.  Discover two things that were done on this edition that were a “first” in this magazine’s history.  We remember back to how we felt coming into our very first Al-Anon meeting & how desperation can be a gift!

 

Ep. 9_Part 2 of 4_Courage To Change
13:59
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 13:59
Ep. 9_Part 2 of 4_Courage To Change

The conversation continues in Episode 9’s second part with Pat & her favorite page 199 (July 17th) from the daily reader “Courage To Change” (B-16).  We explore more components that contribute to making it in recovery, which slogans have helped us out along the way, & how reading the literature can show that we’ve changed.  Also find out a few fun facts about “Courage To Change”!

 

Ep. 9_Part 1 of 4_Courage To Change
15:21
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 15:21
Ep. 9_Part 1 of 4_Courage To Change

In part 1 of 4 of Episode 9, Pat shares how one particular sentence from page 199 (July 17th) from the daily reader “Courage To Change” (B-16) impacted her life.  She breaks down some of the major components that are involved in her recovery, how this reading ties into the second part of Step One, & which roles she identifies with from the pamphlet “Alcoholism, A-Merry-Go-Round Named Denial” (P-3).

 

Ep. 8_Part 3 of 3_Alateen Members Share
12:15
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 12:15
Ep. 8_Part 3 of 3_Alateen Members Share

In part 3 of 3 (of Episode 8), Alateen members share what they would like to say to Al-Anon members, & they directly address the teenager that is living with alcoholism that hasn’t been to an Alateen meeting yet.  They explain how Alateen is like a family environment & that they don’t bite!  The show wraps up with a unique “Last Words” section from a couple of Alateen group sponsors, where they cover the importance of hearing from Alateen members, how the Seventh Tradition is practiced from an Alateen perspective, the unexpected benefits of doing Alateen service, & how participating in this podcast is similar to doing a gratitude list!

Ep. 8_Part 2 of 3_ Alateen Literature - Various
10:47
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 10:47
Ep. 8_Part 2 of 3_ Alateen Literature - Various

The conversation continues in Episode 8’s second part with three more Alateen members talking about their favorite parts from “Courage To Be Me” (B-23), page 8 from the booklet “Alateen Talks Back On: Detachment” (P-73), & pages 268-269 (September 24th & 25th) from the daily reader “Living Today In Alateen” (B-26).  They highlight a letter written to a parent, how they struggle with expectations of love, & how a member can eventually resemble the image on page 269 from “Living Today In Alateen”.  Also find out what message is repeated several times in “Courage To Be Me” & how it’s like a warm reminder! 

     

Ep. 8_Part 1 of 3_Alateen Literature - Various
12:25
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 12:25
Ep. 8_Part 1 of 3_Alateen Literature - Various

In part 1 of 3 of this very special Episode 8, four Alateen members share what they like best about Alateen literature – specifically the “Alateen Talk” newsletter (no item #), “Courage To Be Me” (B-23), page 26 (January 26th) from the daily reader “Alateen – A Day At A Time” (B-10), & pages 25-26 from the “Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual” (P-24/27).  They talk about a favorite Step, what Tradition One means, & some powerful characteristics that can define someone affected by alcoholism.

    

Ep. 7_Part 5 of 5_Best of Public Outreach
13:56
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 13:56
Ep. 7_Part 5 of 5_Best of Public Outreach

In part 5 of 5 (of Episode 7), the conversation continues with Mark about Alateen outreach to Alcoholics Anonymous & how service has helped his program.  He shares what moved him emotionally at his first Area Assembly meeting & how it was similar to a Newcomer meeting!  I also give out the website addresses to find this book online as well as where you can view Al-Anon’s two TV public service announcements.  Before wrapping up, Mark explains how being powerless & being hopeless are not the same thing!

Ep. 7_Part 4 of 5_Best of Public Outreach
11:43
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 11:43
Ep. 7_Part 4 of 5_Best of Public Outreach

Mark’s favorite piece of literature to use for outreach purposes is the service tool “Best of Public Outreach” (P-90) in Episode 7’s part 4 of 5.  He shares how public outreach is what first got him into service in Al-Anon & calls out a “Getting Started” part on page 7, as well as pages 12-19 for several lists of outreach ideas.  He also explains how the workbook helped with a big outreach project he was involved with that was done in honor of Al-Anon’s founder, Lois Wilson, & how projects don’t need to be big to be effective.  Lastly, we discuss what it’s like to talk to people that are not familiar with the Al-Anon program.

        

Ep. 7_Part 3 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom
09:31
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 09:31
Ep. 7_Part 3 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom

In part 3 of 5 (of Episode 7) find out what two words I discovered are inter-related after creating an index for “Reaching For Personal Freedom” (P-92).  Mark talks about how he used to be before he came in the program & explores what I call a “big ticket item!”

Ep. 7_Part 2 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom
10:17
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 10:17
Ep. 7_Part 2 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom

Freedom is specifically discussed with Mark in part 2 of 5 (of Episode 7) from the workbook “Reaching For Personal Freedom” (P-92).  He compares this book to other Al-Anon workbooks, explains how it differs, & I reveal a surprise…  I’ve created an index for this book!  (It can be downloaded as *bonus content* at the show's webpage www.calchat.libsyn.com.)  Also, find out what patterns I learned about the Legacies from creating an index!

  

Ep. 7_Part 1 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom
10:57
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 10:57
Ep. 7_Part 1 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom

In part 1 of 5 of Episode 7, Mark shares how he used the workbook “Reaching For Personal Freedom” (P-92) in studying the Steps, Traditions, & Concepts horizontally.  He also highlights how a section on page 12 led to a spiritual awakening for him.  

         

Ep. 6_Part 4 of 4_Alateen—A Day At A Time
15:46
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 15:46
Ep. 6_Part 4 of 4_Alateen—A Day At A Time

In part 4 of 4 (of Episode 6), the conversation continues with Nancy about her favorite Alateen literature & how being an AMIAS (Al-Anon Member Involved In Alateen Service) is her way of giving back.  She explains the requirements to become an Alateen Group Sponsor & shares an innovative way an Alateen Group Representative used the words in the index of “Alateen—A Day At A Time” (B-10).  At the show's webpage www.calchat.libsyn.com I've attached a PDF document as *bonus content* that you can download to use the list of words.

              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ep. 6_Part 3 of 4_How Al-Anon Works
12:29
2017-09-27 10:33:45 UTC 12:29
Ep. 6_Part 3 of 4_How Al-Anon Works

Nancy’s pick of literature to use for outreach purposes is “How Al-Anon Works” (B-22 for hardcover, B-32 for softcover, eB-22 for the electronic version, & eA-22 for the audiobook version) in Episode 6’s part 3 of 4.  She highlights the slogan “Think” (page 71), “Lois’ Story” (pages 152-155), & how interesting it is to get the Al-Anon founder’s point of view on the Twelve Steps (pages 155-160).  We also talk about participating in a Meeting on Wheels & doing outreach at facilities using just the pages 14 & 15.

Ep. 6_Part 2 of 4_ As We Understood
11:09
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 11:09
Ep. 6_Part 2 of 4_ As We Understood

Find out, in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 6), what “As We Understood” (B-11) was the first Conference Approved book to do in Al-Anon’s history.  We talk about misconceptions about the book & the goal of learning something every day no matter how small.  Nancy shares how important choices are, dealing with change, & she answers one of the toughest questions I’ve asked so far!

  

 

Ep. 6_Part 1 of 4_As We Understood
12:14
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 12:14
Ep. 6_Part 1 of 4_As We Understood

In part 1 of 4 of Episode 6, Nancy talks about her favorite book “As We Understood” (B-11) & shares how its positive uplifting take on our program has kept her using it.  In particular, we discuss two prayers on pages 213 & 214 & how this book is different than a daily reader.  We explore the spiritual (non-religious) nature of the program, what a Higher Power can be, & a possible new slogan!

  

 

Ep. 5_Part 4 of 4_Parents of Alcoholics
06:18
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 06:18
Ep. 5_Part 4 of 4_Parents of Alcoholics

In part 4 of 4 (of Episode 5), the conversation continues with Theresa about other Conference Approved Literature that is available for parents & how CAL is not like other self-help/recovery literature.  Lastly, find out why her favorite outreach piece, “Parents of Alcoholics” (R-18), may not be around much longer!

Ep. 5_Part 3 of 4_Parents of Alcoholics
13:57
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 13:57
Ep. 5_Part 3 of 4_Parents of Alcoholics

Theresa’s favorite piece of literature to use for outreach purposes is the reprint “Parents of Alcoholics” (R-18) in Episode 5’s part 3 of 4.  It’s only 12 pages, but so powerful!  She shares the moment she hit her “bottom” & what brought her into the Al-Anon program.  We also talk about being able to differentiate between helping versus enabling & what is one thing a parent can definitely do for their alcoholic child.

Ep. 5_Part 2 of 4_Discovering Choices
15:17
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 15:17
Ep. 5_Part 2 of 4_Discovering Choices

Chapter 13 from the book “Discovering Choices” (B-30) is the focus in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 5) where Theresa breaks down how service work (& especially the Concepts 4, 5, & 10) helped her grow in all areas of her life.  She explains the benefits of having a Service Sponsor, how we’re never alone, & addresses the fear behind willingness.  The conversation moves into the importance of failure & discover a new way to look at the cover of the book!

Ep. 5_Part 1 of 4_Discovering Choices
08:00
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 08:00
Ep. 5_Part 1 of 4_Discovering Choices

In part 1 of 4 of Episode 5, Theresa focuses on chapters 1 & 9 from one of her favorite books “Discovering Choices” (B-30) & shares how, after coming in the Al-Anon program, reading the literature can start the recovery process.  We also talk about the benefits of belonging to a CAL study group, setting different types of boundaries, how we use our nose & knees in recovery, & detaching without using a hatchet!

 

Ep. 4_Part 2 of 2_Did You Grow Up With A Problem Drinker?
11:23
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 11:23
Ep. 4_Part 2 of 2_Did You Grow Up With A Problem Drinker?

The conversation with Jan continues in part 2 of 2 (of Episode 4) with her favorite piece of outreach literature, the leaflet/questionnaire: "Did You Grow Up With A Problem Drinker?" (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!

 

 

 

 

Ep. 4_Part 1 of 2_From Survival To Recovery
14:40
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 14:40
Ep. 4_Part 1 of 2_From Survival To Recovery

In Episode 4 (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" (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!”

Ep. 3_Part 4 of 4_Courage To Change
16:05
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 16:05
Ep. 3_Part 4 of 4_Courage To Change

Outreach literature is the focus of this part 4 of 4 of Episode 3 where Cindy describes how she has creatively used the daily reader "Courage To Change" (B-16, B-17 for large print, eB-16 for the electronic version, & eA-16 for the audiobook version).  We eventually move into talking about Alateen literature & how those pieces can flow into Al-Anon & vice-versa because it’s all one program.  Everything is available to be read by anybody!  Lastly, listen to find out what page is possibly read the least in each daily reader!

Ep. 3_Part 3 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017
12:18
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 12:18
Ep. 3_Part 3 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017

Part 3 of 4 (of Episode 3) on the "Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017" (P-24/27) moves into discussion with Cindy about how childhood experiences can influence how we see perfection, the Warranties (especially nonresistance from page 224), & punitive actions.  She also relates how Concepts 6 & 7 (from pages 193-194) have applied to her relationship with her children.

Ep. 3_Part 2 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017
10:49
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 10:49
Ep. 3_Part 2 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017

The conversation continues (in part 2 of 4 of Episode 3) with Cindy & her favorite book, the "Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017" (P-24/27).  We explore pages 68-69 about moving forward, what progress realistically looks like, & how disagreement can actually be a good thing!  Pages 229 & 235 are also highlighted from the Concepts Amendments section & how it reminded me of a ring being passed down in a family.  Cindy shares about how this fellowship is an opportunity to belong to something bigger than ourselves & where newcomers & long timers can meet together on pages 26-27.

Ep. 3_Part 1 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017
09:46
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 09:46
Ep. 3_Part 1 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017

Episode 3 features a talk with Cindy about how the "Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017" (P-24/27) has improved her life.  In this part 1 of 4, we discuss the spiritual principle of anonymity (from pages 91-94), how it is not a rule book, that it’s always evolving (much like our own recovery), & what it has in common with a Sponsor.

Ep. 2_Part 2 of 2_Detachment
09:50
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 09:50
Ep. 2_Part 2 of 2_Detachment

Part 2 of 2 of Episode 2 continues the conversation with BJ and her favorite piece of outreach literature, the "Detachment" (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!

Ep. 2_Part 1 of 2_One Day At A Time In Al-Anon
09:39
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 09:39
Ep. 2_Part 1 of 2_One Day At A Time In Al-Anon

This is 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" (B-6).  She shares her definition of serenity and mentions other possible side effects from taking the medicine of recovery.  A special "bonus material" hunt is involved with this particular page…  Can you find it?  Happy hunting!

Ep. 1_Part 2 of 2_Newcomer Packet
09:59
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 09:59
Ep. 1_Part 2 of 2_Newcomer Packet

This podcast is part 2 of 2 of Episode 1.  The interview with Michael continues as he highlights his favorite parts from the Newcomer Packet (K-10) as outreach literature.  He also shares his experience coming to his first Al-Anon meeting!  We discuss the tendency to close ourselves off to literature that we think doesn’t apply to us and in the “Last Words” section, find out what Michael has in his life now more than he’s ever had!

 

Ep. 1_Part 1 of 2_How Al-Anon Works
13:00
2017-09-27 10:33:46 UTC 13:00
Ep. 1_Part 1 of 2_How Al-Anon Works

Welcome to "CAL Chat" where we discuss our favorite Al-Anon and Alateen Conference Approved Literature.  Episode 1 of this podcast is in 2 parts.  Part 1 of 2 features an interview with Michael where he focuses on a section from the book "How Al-Anon Works" (B-22 & B-32) about forgiveness and how it changed his relationship with his father.  We also talk about suicide and an entirely different way to read this book – by the index keywords!  At the show's webpage www.calchat.libsyn.com I've attached a PDF document as *bonus content* that you can download to use the expanded list of keywords which are already sorted by page number from the preface to page 396.  Enjoy a new reading experience!

Ep. 11_Part 4 of 4_From Survival To Recovery
13:38
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 13:38
Ep. 11_Part 4 of 4_From Survival To Recovery

Susan & I talk about different ways (in part 4 of 4 of Episode 11) to use the book “From Survival To Recovery” (B-21) for outreach purposes — including raffle baskets!  We also explore how one can contribute to Al-Anon other than putting money in the Seventh Tradition basket.  She singles out the section "Steps to the Future" from page 255 (or 257 depending on the book's edition) & we remember what it was like growing up in an alcoholic home.  Lastly, we look forward to the brand new book that will be debuting at the international convention in 2018!

 

 

Ep. 11_Part 3 of 4_From Survival To Recovery
11:08
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 11:08
Ep. 11_Part 3 of 4_From Survival To Recovery

In part 3 of 4 (of Episode 11), Susan's pick for her favorite outreach piece of literature is the book “From Survival To Recovery” (B-21) because she grew up in an alcoholic home.  She highlights the chapter "Picking Up The Tools" on page 107.  We also talk about why 1994 was a good year for Conference Approved Literature (CAL) & how this book marked a turning point for Al-Anon.

  

Ep. 11_Part 2 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better
10:29
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 10:29
Ep. 11_Part 2 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better

I ask Susan a question in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 11) from page 23 of the booklet “When I Got Busy, I Got Better” (P-78).  She explains helping vs enabling, we discuss a quote from page 2, how we could use the second half of the book in a meeting, & the difference between being grateful & thankful.  A NOTE OF CAUTION: this is the first episode to include EXPLICIT language, so proceed accordingly!  

  

Ep. 11_Part 1 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better
11:17
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 11:17
Ep. 11_Part 1 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better

Susan shares, in part 1 of 4 of Episode 11, about how the booklet “When I Got Busy, I Got Better” (P-78) impacted her life.  We discuss the different types of fear in Chapter One, how service keeps us from isolating, & that we're so glad there's no performance review in service work!

  

Ep. 10_Part 4 of 4_Just For Today
15:33
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 15:33
Ep. 10_Part 4 of 4_Just For Today

In part 4 of 4 (of Episode 10), Wendy shares what she is hoping for with a new change for the upcoming “2017 World Service Conference Summary” (P-46) due in August & what sets this item apart from the rest of the literature in the CAL Catalog (S-15).  She also reveals a unique location to leave the “Just For Today” bookmark (M-12) that is too high of a risky spot for me.  Discover what is on the second “Just For Today” bookmark (M-13) & what one word on the wallet card version (M-11) is hidden in our literature! 

        

Ep. 10_Part 3 of 4_Just For Today
16:08
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 16:08
Ep. 10_Part 3 of 4_Just For Today

The bookmark, “Just For Today” (M-12), is Wendy’s favorite piece of outreach literature in part 3 of 4 of Episode 10.  We talk about the current conversation at Al-Anon’s headquarters, the World Service Office, regarding the recommendation to remove the PRAYER FOR TODAY section.  Using pages 57 – 60 of the “2016 World Service Conference Summary” (P-46), we explore the CAL process to remove, edit, or replace the prayer.  Wendy shares about the interaction between the Literature Committee & the World Service Conference & how it’s important to not be afraid to have uncomfortable discussions that affect literature decisions.

   

Ep. 10_Part 2 of 4_How Al-Anon Works
12:20
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 12:20
Ep. 10_Part 2 of 4_How Al-Anon Works

The conversation with Wendy continues about slogans in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 10) from “How Al-Anon Works” (B-22 for hardcover, B-32 for softcover).  We focus on “Let Go & Let God” (especially the importance of faith in the 2nd half) & how a specific physical token can be used as a reminder to put this slogan into action!  I give recommendations on other CAL pieces to reference for a deeper dive into the slogans & lastly, find out why I consider slogans are similar to jewels.

   

    

Ep. 10_Part 1 of 4_How Al-Anon Works
11:39
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 11:39
Ep. 10_Part 1 of 4_How Al-Anon Works

Wendy shares, in part 1 of 4 of Episode 10, about using the slogans from Chapter 9 of “How Al-Anon Works” (B-22 for hardcover, B-32 for softcover) as stepping stones to serenity & how serenity can eventually become a guiding force in our lives for making decisions.  We also look closer at “Let it Begin With Me” as not just something that we say at the end of an Al-Anon meeting or having to do with outreach.

 

Ep. 9_Part 4 of 4_Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017
14:05
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 14:05
Ep. 9_Part 4 of 4_Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017

Pat explains in Episode 9's last part, (#4), that of all the things she has tried, how Al-Anon is the only thing that truly helped.  We discuss ways to enhance the “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017” magazine while using it for outreach purposes & she wraps up with a “Last Words” section about amends & Step Nine.

 

 

Ep. 9_Part 3 of 4_Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017
14:23
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 14:23
Ep. 9_Part 3 of 4_Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017

In part 3 of 4 (of Episode 9), Pat highlights sections from her favorite outreach piece of literature, the new “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017” magazine.  Discover two things that were done on this edition that were a “first” in this magazine’s history.  We remember back to how we felt coming into our very first Al-Anon meeting & how desperation can be a gift!

 

Ep. 9_Part 2 of 4_Courage To Change
13:59
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 13:59
Ep. 9_Part 2 of 4_Courage To Change

The conversation continues in Episode 9’s second part with Pat & her favorite page 199 (July 17th) from the daily reader “Courage To Change” (B-16).  We explore more components that contribute to making it in recovery, which slogans have helped us out along the way, & how reading the literature can show that we’ve changed.  Also find out a few fun facts about “Courage To Change”!

 

Ep. 9_Part 1 of 4_Courage To Change
15:21
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 15:21
Ep. 9_Part 1 of 4_Courage To Change

In part 1 of 4 of Episode 9, Pat shares how one particular sentence from page 199 (July 17th) from the daily reader “Courage To Change” (B-16) impacted her life.  She breaks down some of the major components that are involved in her recovery, how this reading ties into the second part of Step One, & which roles she identifies with from the pamphlet “Alcoholism, A-Merry-Go-Round Named Denial” (P-3).

 

Ep. 8_Part 3 of 3_Alateen Members Share
12:15
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 12:15
Ep. 8_Part 3 of 3_Alateen Members Share

In part 3 of 3 (of Episode 8), Alateen members share what they would like to say to Al-Anon members, & they directly address the teenager that is living with alcoholism that hasn’t been to an Alateen meeting yet.  They explain how Alateen is like a family environment & that they don’t bite!  The show wraps up with a unique “Last Words” section from a couple of Alateen group sponsors, where they cover the importance of hearing from Alateen members, how the Seventh Tradition is practiced from an Alateen perspective, the unexpected benefits of doing Alateen service, & how participating in this podcast is similar to doing a gratitude list!

Ep. 8_Part 2 of 3_ Alateen Literature - Various
10:47
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 10:47
Ep. 8_Part 2 of 3_ Alateen Literature - Various

The conversation continues in Episode 8’s second part with three more Alateen members talking about their favorite parts from “Courage To Be Me” (B-23), page 8 from the booklet “Alateen Talks Back On: Detachment” (P-73), & pages 268-269 (September 24th & 25th) from the daily reader “Living Today In Alateen” (B-26).  They highlight a letter written to a parent, how they struggle with expectations of love, & how a member can eventually resemble the image on page 269 from “Living Today In Alateen”.  Also find out what message is repeated several times in “Courage To Be Me” & how it’s like a warm reminder! 

     

Ep. 8_Part 1 of 3_Alateen Literature - Various
12:25
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 12:25
Ep. 8_Part 1 of 3_Alateen Literature - Various

In part 1 of 3 of this very special Episode 8, four Alateen members share what they like best about Alateen literature – specifically the “Alateen Talk” newsletter (no item #), “Courage To Be Me” (B-23), page 26 (January 26th) from the daily reader “Alateen – A Day At A Time” (B-10), & pages 25-26 from the “Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual” (P-24/27).  They talk about a favorite Step, what Tradition One means, & some powerful characteristics that can define someone affected by alcoholism.

    

Ep. 7_Part 5 of 5_Best of Public Outreach
13:56
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 13:56
Ep. 7_Part 5 of 5_Best of Public Outreach

In part 5 of 5 (of Episode 7), the conversation continues with Mark about Alateen outreach to Alcoholics Anonymous & how service has helped his program.  He shares what moved him emotionally at his first Area Assembly meeting & how it was similar to a Newcomer meeting!  I also give out the website addresses to find this book online as well as where you can view Al-Anon’s two TV public service announcements.  Before wrapping up, Mark explains how being powerless & being hopeless are not the same thing!

Ep. 7_Part 4 of 5_Best of Public Outreach
11:43
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 11:43
Ep. 7_Part 4 of 5_Best of Public Outreach

Mark’s favorite piece of literature to use for outreach purposes is the service tool “Best of Public Outreach” (P-90) in Episode 7’s part 4 of 5.  He shares how public outreach is what first got him into service in Al-Anon & calls out a “Getting Started” part on page 7, as well as pages 12-19 for several lists of outreach ideas.  He also explains how the workbook helped with a big outreach project he was involved with that was done in honor of Al-Anon’s founder, Lois Wilson, & how projects don’t need to be big to be effective.  Lastly, we discuss what it’s like to talk to people that are not familiar with the Al-Anon program.

        

Ep. 7_Part 3 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom
09:31
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 09:31
Ep. 7_Part 3 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom

In part 3 of 5 (of Episode 7) find out what two words I discovered are inter-related after creating an index for “Reaching For Personal Freedom” (P-92).  Mark talks about how he used to be before he came in the program & explores what I call a “big ticket item!”

Ep. 7_Part 2 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom
10:17
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 10:17
Ep. 7_Part 2 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom

Freedom is specifically discussed with Mark in part 2 of 5 (of Episode 7) from the workbook “Reaching For Personal Freedom” (P-92).  He compares this book to other Al-Anon workbooks, explains how it differs, & I reveal a surprise…  I’ve created an index for this book!  (It can be downloaded as *bonus content* at the show's webpage www.calchat.libsyn.com.)  Also, find out what patterns I learned about the Legacies from creating an index!

  

Ep. 7_Part 1 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom
10:57
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 10:57
Ep. 7_Part 1 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom

In part 1 of 5 of Episode 7, Mark shares how he used the workbook “Reaching For Personal Freedom” (P-92) in studying the Steps, Traditions, & Concepts horizontally.  He also highlights how a section on page 12 led to a spiritual awakening for him.  

         

Ep. 6_Part 4 of 4_Alateen—A Day At A Time
15:46
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 15:46
Ep. 6_Part 4 of 4_Alateen—A Day At A Time

In part 4 of 4 (of Episode 6), the conversation continues with Nancy about her favorite Alateen literature & how being an AMIAS (Al-Anon Member Involved In Alateen Service) is her way of giving back.  She explains the requirements to become an Alateen Group Sponsor & shares an innovative way an Alateen Group Representative used the words in the index of “Alateen—A Day At A Time” (B-10).  At the show's webpage www.calchat.libsyn.com I've attached a PDF document as *bonus content* that you can download to use the list of words.

              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ep. 6_Part 3 of 4_How Al-Anon Works
12:29
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 12:29
Ep. 6_Part 3 of 4_How Al-Anon Works

Nancy’s pick of literature to use for outreach purposes is “How Al-Anon Works” (B-22 for hardcover, B-32 for softcover, eB-22 for the electronic version, & eA-22 for the audiobook version) in Episode 6’s part 3 of 4.  She highlights the slogan “Think” (page 71), “Lois’ Story” (pages 152-155), & how interesting it is to get the Al-Anon founder’s point of view on the Twelve Steps (pages 155-160).  We also talk about participating in a Meeting on Wheels & doing outreach at facilities using just the pages 14 & 15.

Ep. 6_Part 2 of 4_ As We Understood
11:09
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 11:09
Ep. 6_Part 2 of 4_ As We Understood

Find out, in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 6), what “As We Understood” (B-11) was the first Conference Approved book to do in Al-Anon’s history.  We talk about misconceptions about the book & the goal of learning something every day no matter how small.  Nancy shares how important choices are, dealing with change, & she answers one of the toughest questions I’ve asked so far!

  

 

Ep. 6_Part 1 of 4_As We Understood
12:14
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 12:14
Ep. 6_Part 1 of 4_As We Understood

In part 1 of 4 of Episode 6, Nancy talks about her favorite book “As We Understood” (B-11) & shares how its positive uplifting take on our program has kept her using it.  In particular, we discuss two prayers on pages 213 & 214 & how this book is different than a daily reader.  We explore the spiritual (non-religious) nature of the program, what a Higher Power can be, & a possible new slogan!

  

 

Ep. 5_Part 4 of 4_Parents of Alcoholics
06:18
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 06:18
Ep. 5_Part 4 of 4_Parents of Alcoholics

In part 4 of 4 (of Episode 5), the conversation continues with Theresa about other Conference Approved Literature that is available for parents & how CAL is not like other self-help/recovery literature.  Lastly, find out why her favorite outreach piece, “Parents of Alcoholics” (R-18), may not be around much longer!

Ep. 5_Part 3 of 4_Parents of Alcoholics
13:57
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 13:57
Ep. 5_Part 3 of 4_Parents of Alcoholics

Theresa’s favorite piece of literature to use for outreach purposes is the reprint “Parents of Alcoholics” (R-18) in Episode 5’s part 3 of 4.  It’s only 12 pages, but so powerful!  She shares the moment she hit her “bottom” & what brought her into the Al-Anon program.  We also talk about being able to differentiate between helping versus enabling & what is one thing a parent can definitely do for their alcoholic child.

Ep. 5_Part 2 of 4_Discovering Choices
15:17
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 15:17
Ep. 5_Part 2 of 4_Discovering Choices

Chapter 13 from the book “Discovering Choices” (B-30) is the focus in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 5) where Theresa breaks down how service work (& especially the Concepts 4, 5, & 10) helped her grow in all areas of her life.  She explains the benefits of having a Service Sponsor, how we’re never alone, & addresses the fear behind willingness.  The conversation moves into the importance of failure & discover a new way to look at the cover of the book!

Ep. 5_Part 1 of 4_Discovering Choices
08:00
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 08:00
Ep. 5_Part 1 of 4_Discovering Choices

In part 1 of 4 of Episode 5, Theresa focuses on chapters 1 & 9 from one of her favorite books “Discovering Choices” (B-30) & shares how, after coming in the Al-Anon program, reading the literature can start the recovery process.  We also talk about the benefits of belonging to a CAL study group, setting different types of boundaries, how we use our nose & knees in recovery, & detaching without using a hatchet!

 

Ep. 4_Part 2 of 2_Did You Grow Up With A Problem Drinker?
11:23
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 11:23
Ep. 4_Part 2 of 2_Did You Grow Up With A Problem Drinker?

The conversation with Jan continues in part 2 of 2 (of Episode 4) with her favorite piece of outreach literature, the leaflet/questionnaire: "Did You Grow Up With A Problem Drinker?" (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!

 

 

 

 

Ep. 4_Part 1 of 2_From Survival To Recovery
14:40
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 14:40
Ep. 4_Part 1 of 2_From Survival To Recovery

In Episode 4 (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" (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!”

Ep. 3_Part 4 of 4_Courage To Change
16:05
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 16:05
Ep. 3_Part 4 of 4_Courage To Change

Outreach literature is the focus of this part 4 of 4 of Episode 3 where Cindy describes how she has creatively used the daily reader "Courage To Change" (B-16, B-17 for large print, eB-16 for the electronic version, & eA-16 for the audiobook version).  We eventually move into talking about Alateen literature & how those pieces can flow into Al-Anon & vice-versa because it’s all one program.  Everything is available to be read by anybody!  Lastly, listen to find out what page is possibly read the least in each daily reader!

Ep. 3_Part 3 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017
12:18
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 12:18
Ep. 3_Part 3 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017

Part 3 of 4 (of Episode 3) on the "Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017" (P-24/27) moves into discussion with Cindy about how childhood experiences can influence how we see perfection, the Warranties (especially nonresistance from page 224), & punitive actions.  She also relates how Concepts 6 & 7 (from pages 193-194) have applied to her relationship with her children.

Ep. 3_Part 2 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017
10:49
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 10:49
Ep. 3_Part 2 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017

The conversation continues (in part 2 of 4 of Episode 3) with Cindy & her favorite book, the "Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017" (P-24/27).  We explore pages 68-69 about moving forward, what progress realistically looks like, & how disagreement can actually be a good thing!  Pages 229 & 235 are also highlighted from the Concepts Amendments section & how it reminded me of a ring being passed down in a family.  Cindy shares about how this fellowship is an opportunity to belong to something bigger than ourselves & where newcomers & long timers can meet together on pages 26-27.

Ep. 3_Part 1 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017
09:46
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 09:46
Ep. 3_Part 1 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017

Episode 3 features a talk with Cindy about how the "Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017" (P-24/27) has improved her life.  In this part 1 of 4, we discuss the spiritual principle of anonymity (from pages 91-94), how it is not a rule book, that it’s always evolving (much like our own recovery), & what it has in common with a Sponsor.

Ep. 2_Part 2 of 2_Detachment
09:50
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 09:50
Ep. 2_Part 2 of 2_Detachment

Part 2 of 2 of Episode 2 continues the conversation with BJ and her favorite piece of outreach literature, the "Detachment" (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!

Ep. 2_Part 1 of 2_One Day At A Time In Al-Anon
09:39
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 09:39
Ep. 2_Part 1 of 2_One Day At A Time In Al-Anon

This is 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" (B-6).  She shares her definition of serenity and mentions other possible side effects from taking the medicine of recovery.  A special "bonus material" hunt is involved with this particular page…  Can you find it?  Happy hunting!

Ep. 1_Part 2 of 2_Newcomer Packet
09:59
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 09:59
Ep. 1_Part 2 of 2_Newcomer Packet

This podcast is part 2 of 2 of Episode 1.  The interview with Michael continues as he highlights his favorite parts from the Newcomer Packet (K-10) as outreach literature.  He also shares his experience coming to his first Al-Anon meeting!  We discuss the tendency to close ourselves off to literature that we think doesn’t apply to us and in the “Last Words” section, find out what Michael has in his life now more than he’s ever had!

 

Ep. 1_Part 1 of 2_How Al-Anon Works
13:00
2017-10-07 13:38:19 UTC 13:00
Ep. 1_Part 1 of 2_How Al-Anon Works

Welcome to "CAL Chat" where we discuss our favorite Al-Anon and Alateen Conference Approved Literature.  Episode 1 of this podcast is in 2 parts.  Part 1 of 2 features an interview with Michael where he focuses on a section from the book "How Al-Anon Works" (B-22 & B-32) about forgiveness and how it changed his relationship with his father.  We also talk about suicide and an entirely different way to read this book – by the index keywords!  At the show's webpage www.calchat.libsyn.com I've attached a PDF document as *bonus content* that you can download to use the expanded list of keywords which are already sorted by page number from the preface to page 396.  Enjoy a new reading experience!

Ep. 11_Part 4 of 4_From Survival To Recovery
13:38
2017-12-14 12:51:25 UTC 13:38
Ep. 11_Part 4 of 4_From Survival To Recovery

Susan & I talk about different ways (in part 4 of 4 of Episode 11) to use the book “From Survival To Recovery” (B-21) for outreach purposes — including raffle baskets!  We also explore how one can contribute to Al-Anon other than putting money in the Seventh Tradition basket.  She singles out the section "Steps to the Future" from page 255 (or 257 depending on the book's edition) & we remember what it was like growing up in an alcoholic home.  Lastly, we look forward to the brand new book that will be debuting at the international convention in 2018!

 

 

Ep. 11_Part 3 of 4_From Survival To Recovery
11:08
2017-12-14 12:51:25 UTC 11:08
Ep. 11_Part 3 of 4_From Survival To Recovery

In part 3 of 4 (of Episode 11), Susan's pick for her favorite outreach piece of literature is the book “From Survival To Recovery” (B-21) because she grew up in an alcoholic home.  She highlights the chapter "Picking Up The Tools" on page 107.  We also talk about why 1994 was a good year for Conference Approved Literature (CAL) & how this book marked a turning point for Al-Anon.

  

Ep. 11_Part 2 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better
10:29
2017-12-14 12:51:25 UTC 10:29
Ep. 11_Part 2 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better

I ask Susan a question in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 11) from page 23 of the booklet “When I Got Busy, I Got Better” (P-78).  She explains helping vs enabling, we discuss a quote from page 2, how we could use the second half of the book in a meeting, & the difference between being grateful & thankful.  A NOTE OF CAUTION: this is the first episode to include EXPLICIT language, so proceed accordingly!  

  

Ep. 11_Part 1 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better
11:17
2017-12-14 12:51:25 UTC 11:17
Ep. 11_Part 1 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better

Susan shares, in part 1 of 4 of Episode 11, about how the booklet “When I Got Busy, I Got Better” (P-78) impacted her life.  We discuss the different types of fear in Chapter One, how service keeps us from isolating, & that we're so glad there's no performance review in service work!

  

Ep. 10_Part 4 of 4_Just For Today
15:33
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Ep. 10_Part 4 of 4_Just For Today

In part 4 of 4 (of Episode 10), Wendy shares what she is hoping for with a new change for the upcoming “2017 World Service Conference Summary” (P-46) due in August & what sets this item apart from the rest of the literature in the CAL Catalog (S-15).  She also reveals a unique location to leave the “Just For Today” bookmark (M-12) that is too high of a risky spot for me.  Discover what is on the second “Just For Today” bookmark (M-13) & what one word on the wallet card version (M-11) is hidden in our literature! 

        

Ep. 10_Part 3 of 4_Just For Today
16:08
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Ep. 10_Part 3 of 4_Just For Today

The bookmark, “Just For Today” (M-12), is Wendy’s favorite piece of outreach literature in part 3 of 4 of Episode 10.  We talk about the current conversation at Al-Anon’s headquarters, the World Service Office, regarding the recommendation to remove the PRAYER FOR TODAY section.  Using pages 57 – 60 of the “2016 World Service Conference Summary” (P-46), we explore the CAL process to remove, edit, or replace the prayer.  Wendy shares about the interaction between the Literature Committee & the World Service Conference & how it’s important to not be afraid to have uncomfortable discussions that affect literature decisions.

   

Ep. 10_Part 2 of 4_How Al-Anon Works
12:20
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Ep. 10_Part 2 of 4_How Al-Anon Works

The conversation with Wendy continues about slogans in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 10) from “How Al-Anon Works” (B-22 for hardcover, B-32 for softcover).  We focus on “Let Go & Let God” (especially the importance of faith in the 2nd half) & how a specific physical token can be used as a reminder to put this slogan into action!  I give recommendations on other CAL pieces to reference for a deeper dive into the slogans & lastly, find out why I consider slogans are similar to jewels.

   

    

Ep. 10_Part 1 of 4_How Al-Anon Works
11:39
2017-12-14 12:51:25 UTC 11:39
Ep. 10_Part 1 of 4_How Al-Anon Works

Wendy shares, in part 1 of 4 of Episode 10, about using the slogans from Chapter 9 of “How Al-Anon Works” (B-22 for hardcover, B-32 for softcover) as stepping stones to serenity & how serenity can eventually become a guiding force in our lives for making decisions.  We also look closer at “Let it Begin With Me” as not just something that we say at the end of an Al-Anon meeting or having to do with outreach.

 

Ep. 9_Part 4 of 4_Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017
14:05
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Ep. 9_Part 4 of 4_Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017

Pat explains in Episode 9's last part, (#4), that of all the things she has tried, how Al-Anon is the only thing that truly helped.  We discuss ways to enhance the “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017” magazine while using it for outreach purposes & she wraps up with a “Last Words” section about amends & Step Nine.

 

 

Ep. 9_Part 3 of 4_Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017
14:23
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Ep. 9_Part 3 of 4_Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017

In part 3 of 4 (of Episode 9), Pat highlights sections from her favorite outreach piece of literature, the new “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017” magazine.  Discover two things that were done on this edition that were a “first” in this magazine’s history.  We remember back to how we felt coming into our very first Al-Anon meeting & how desperation can be a gift!

 

Ep. 9_Part 2 of 4_Courage To Change
13:59
2017-12-14 12:51:25 UTC 13:59
Ep. 9_Part 2 of 4_Courage To Change

The conversation continues in Episode 9’s second part with Pat & her favorite page 199 (July 17th) from the daily reader “Courage To Change” (B-16).  We explore more components that contribute to making it in recovery, which slogans have helped us out along the way, & how reading the literature can show that we’ve changed.  Also find out a few fun facts about “Courage To Change”!

 

Ep. 9_Part 1 of 4_Courage To Change
15:21
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Ep. 9_Part 1 of 4_Courage To Change

In part 1 of 4 of Episode 9, Pat shares how one particular sentence from page 199 (July 17th) from the daily reader “Courage To Change” (B-16) impacted her life.  She breaks down some of the major components that are involved in her recovery, how this reading ties into the second part of Step One, & which roles she identifies with from the pamphlet “Alcoholism, A-Merry-Go-Round Named Denial” (P-3).

 

Ep. 8_Part 3 of 3_Alateen Members Share
12:15
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Ep. 8_Part 3 of 3_Alateen Members Share

In part 3 of 3 (of Episode 8), Alateen members share what they would like to say to Al-Anon members, & they directly address the teenager that is living with alcoholism that hasn’t been to an Alateen meeting yet.  They explain how Alateen is like a family environment & that they don’t bite!  The show wraps up with a unique “Last Words” section from a couple of Alateen group sponsors, where they cover the importance of hearing from Alateen members, how the Seventh Tradition is practiced from an Alateen perspective, the unexpected benefits of doing Alateen service, & how participating in this podcast is similar to doing a gratitude list!

Ep. 8_Part 2 of 3_ Alateen Literature - Various
10:47
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Ep. 8_Part 2 of 3_ Alateen Literature - Various

The conversation continues in Episode 8’s second part with three more Alateen members talking about their favorite parts from “Courage To Be Me” (B-23), page 8 from the booklet “Alateen Talks Back On: Detachment” (P-73), & pages 268-269 (September 24th & 25th) from the daily reader “Living Today In Alateen” (B-26).  They highlight a letter written to a parent, how they struggle with expectations of love, & how a member can eventually resemble the image on page 269 from “Living Today In Alateen”.  Also find out what message is repeated several times in “Courage To Be Me” & how it’s like a warm reminder! 

     

Ep. 8_Part 1 of 3_Alateen Literature - Various
12:25
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Ep. 8_Part 1 of 3_Alateen Literature - Various

In part 1 of 3 of this very special Episode 8, four Alateen members share what they like best about Alateen literature – specifically the “Alateen Talk” newsletter (no item #), “Courage To Be Me” (B-23), page 26 (January 26th) from the daily reader “Alateen – A Day At A Time” (B-10), & pages 25-26 from the “Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual” (P-24/27).  They talk about a favorite Step, what Tradition One means, & some powerful characteristics that can define someone affected by alcoholism.

    

Ep. 7_Part 5 of 5_Best of Public Outreach
13:56
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Ep. 7_Part 5 of 5_Best of Public Outreach

In part 5 of 5 (of Episode 7), the conversation continues with Mark about Alateen outreach to Alcoholics Anonymous & how service has helped his program.  He shares what moved him emotionally at his first Area Assembly meeting & how it was similar to a Newcomer meeting!  I also give out the website addresses to find this book online as well as where you can view Al-Anon’s two TV public service announcements.  Before wrapping up, Mark explains how being powerless & being hopeless are not the same thing!

Ep. 7_Part 4 of 5_Best of Public Outreach
11:43
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Ep. 7_Part 4 of 5_Best of Public Outreach

Mark’s favorite piece of literature to use for outreach purposes is the service tool “Best of Public Outreach” (P-90) in Episode 7’s part 4 of 5.  He shares how public outreach is what first got him into service in Al-Anon & calls out a “Getting Started” part on page 7, as well as pages 12-19 for several lists of outreach ideas.  He also explains how the workbook helped with a big outreach project he was involved with that was done in honor of Al-Anon’s founder, Lois Wilson, & how projects don’t need to be big to be effective.  Lastly, we discuss what it’s like to talk to people that are not familiar with the Al-Anon program.

        

Ep. 7_Part 3 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom
09:31
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Ep. 7_Part 3 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom

In part 3 of 5 (of Episode 7) find out what two words I discovered are inter-related after creating an index for “Reaching For Personal Freedom” (P-92).  Mark talks about how he used to be before he came in the program & explores what I call a “big ticket item!”

Ep. 7_Part 2 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom
10:17
2017-12-14 12:51:25 UTC 10:17
Ep. 7_Part 2 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom

Freedom is specifically discussed with Mark in part 2 of 5 (of Episode 7) from the workbook “Reaching For Personal Freedom” (P-92).  He compares this book to other Al-Anon workbooks, explains how it differs, & I reveal a surprise…  I’ve created an index for this book!  (It can be downloaded as *bonus content* at the show's webpage www.calchat.libsyn.com.)  Also, find out what patterns I learned about the Legacies from creating an index!

  

Ep. 7_Part 1 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom
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Ep. 7_Part 1 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom

In part 1 of 5 of Episode 7, Mark shares how he used the workbook “Reaching For Personal Freedom” (P-92) in studying the Steps, Traditions, & Concepts horizontally.  He also highlights how a section on page 12 led to a spiritual awakening for him.  

         

Ep. 6_Part 4 of 4_Alateen—A Day At A Time
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Ep. 6_Part 4 of 4_Alateen—A Day At A Time

In part 4 of 4 (of Episode 6), the conversation continues with Nancy about her favorite Alateen literature & how being an AMIAS (Al-Anon Member Involved In Alateen Service) is her way of giving back.  She explains the requirements to become an Alateen Group Sponsor & shares an innovative way an Alateen Group Representative used the words in the index of “Alateen—A Day At A Time” (B-10).  At the show's webpage www.calchat.libsyn.com I've attached a PDF document as *bonus content* that you can download to use the list of words.

              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ep. 6_Part 3 of 4_How Al-Anon Works
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Ep. 6_Part 3 of 4_How Al-Anon Works

Nancy’s pick of literature to use for outreach purposes is “How Al-Anon Works” (B-22 for hardcover, B-32 for softcover, eB-22 for the electronic version, & eA-22 for the audiobook version) in Episode 6’s part 3 of 4.  She highlights the slogan “Think” (page 71), “Lois’ Story” (pages 152-155), & how interesting it is to get the Al-Anon founder’s point of view on the Twelve Steps (pages 155-160).  We also talk about participating in a Meeting on Wheels & doing outreach at facilities using just the pages 14 & 15.

Ep. 6_Part 2 of 4_ As We Understood
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Ep. 6_Part 2 of 4_ As We Understood

Find out, in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 6), what “As We Understood” (B-11) was the first Conference Approved book to do in Al-Anon’s history.  We talk about misconceptions about the book & the goal of learning something every day no matter how small.  Nancy shares how important choices are, dealing with change, & she answers one of the toughest questions I’ve asked so far!

  

 

Ep. 6_Part 1 of 4_As We Understood
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Ep. 6_Part 1 of 4_As We Understood

In part 1 of 4 of Episode 6, Nancy talks about her favorite book “As We Understood” (B-11) & shares how its positive uplifting take on our program has kept her using it.  In particular, we discuss two prayers on pages 213 & 214 & how this book is different than a daily reader.  We explore the spiritual (non-religious) nature of the program, what a Higher Power can be, & a possible new slogan!

  

 

Ep. 5_Part 4 of 4_Parents of Alcoholics
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Ep. 5_Part 4 of 4_Parents of Alcoholics

In part 4 of 4 (of Episode 5), the conversation continues with Theresa about other Conference Approved Literature that is available for parents & how CAL is not like other self-help/recovery literature.  Lastly, find out why her favorite outreach piece, “Parents of Alcoholics” (R-18), may not be around much longer!

Ep. 5_Part 3 of 4_Parents of Alcoholics
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Ep. 5_Part 3 of 4_Parents of Alcoholics

Theresa’s favorite piece of literature to use for outreach purposes is the reprint “Parents of Alcoholics” (R-18) in Episode 5’s part 3 of 4.  It’s only 12 pages, but so powerful!  She shares the moment she hit her “bottom” & what brought her into the Al-Anon program.  We also talk about being able to differentiate between helping versus enabling & what is one thing a parent can definitely do for their alcoholic child.

Ep. 5_Part 2 of 4_Discovering Choices
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Ep. 5_Part 2 of 4_Discovering Choices

Chapter 13 from the book “Discovering Choices” (B-30) is the focus in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 5) where Theresa breaks down how service work (& especially the Concepts 4, 5, & 10) helped her grow in all areas of her life.  She explains the benefits of having a Service Sponsor, how we’re never alone, & addresses the fear behind willingness.  The conversation moves into the importance of failure & discover a new way to look at the cover of the book!

Ep. 5_Part 1 of 4_Discovering Choices
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Ep. 5_Part 1 of 4_Discovering Choices

In part 1 of 4 of Episode 5, Theresa focuses on chapters 1 & 9 from one of her favorite books “Discovering Choices” (B-30) & shares how, after coming in the Al-Anon program, reading the literature can start the recovery process.  We also talk about the benefits of belonging to a CAL study group, setting different types of boundaries, how we use our nose & knees in recovery, & detaching without using a hatchet!

 

Ep. 4_Part 2 of 2_Did You Grow Up With A Problem Drinker?
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Ep. 4_Part 2 of 2_Did You Grow Up With A Problem Drinker?

The conversation with Jan continues in part 2 of 2 (of Episode 4) with her favorite piece of outreach literature, the leaflet/questionnaire: "Did You Grow Up With A Problem Drinker?" (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!

 

 

 

 

Ep. 4_Part 1 of 2_From Survival To Recovery
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Ep. 4_Part 1 of 2_From Survival To Recovery

In Episode 4 (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" (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!”

Ep. 3_Part 4 of 4_Courage To Change
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Ep. 3_Part 4 of 4_Courage To Change

Outreach literature is the focus of this part 4 of 4 of Episode 3 where Cindy describes how she has creatively used the daily reader "Courage To Change" (B-16, B-17 for large print, eB-16 for the electronic version, & eA-16 for the audiobook version).  We eventually move into talking about Alateen literature & how those pieces can flow into Al-Anon & vice-versa because it’s all one program.  Everything is available to be read by anybody!  Lastly, listen to find out what page is possibly read the least in each daily reader!

Ep. 3_Part 3 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017
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Ep. 3_Part 3 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017

Part 3 of 4 (of Episode 3) on the "Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017" (P-24/27) moves into discussion with Cindy about how childhood experiences can influence how we see perfection, the Warranties (especially nonresistance from page 224), & punitive actions.  She also relates how Concepts 6 & 7 (from pages 193-194) have applied to her relationship with her children.

Ep. 3_Part 2 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017
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Ep. 3_Part 2 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017

The conversation continues (in part 2 of 4 of Episode 3) with Cindy & her favorite book, the "Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017" (P-24/27).  We explore pages 68-69 about moving forward, what progress realistically looks like, & how disagreement can actually be a good thing!  Pages 229 & 235 are also highlighted from the Concepts Amendments section & how it reminded me of a ring being passed down in a family.  Cindy shares about how this fellowship is an opportunity to belong to something bigger than ourselves & where newcomers & long timers can meet together on pages 26-27.

Ep. 3_Part 1 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017
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Ep. 3_Part 1 of 4_Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017

Episode 3 features a talk with Cindy about how the "Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017" (P-24/27) has improved her life.  In this part 1 of 4, we discuss the spiritual principle of anonymity (from pages 91-94), how it is not a rule book, that it’s always evolving (much like our own recovery), & what it has in common with a Sponsor.

Ep. 2_Part 2 of 2_Detachment
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Ep. 2_Part 2 of 2_Detachment

Part 2 of 2 of Episode 2 continues the conversation with BJ and her favorite piece of outreach literature, the "Detachment" (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!

Ep. 2_Part 1 of 2_One Day At A Time In Al-Anon
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Ep. 2_Part 1 of 2_One Day At A Time In Al-Anon

This is 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" (B-6).  She shares her definition of serenity and mentions other possible side effects from taking the medicine of recovery.  A special "bonus material" hunt is involved with this particular page…  Can you find it?  Happy hunting!

Ep. 1_Part 2 of 2_Newcomer Packet
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Ep. 1_Part 2 of 2_Newcomer Packet

This podcast is part 2 of 2 of Episode 1.  The interview with Michael continues as he highlights his favorite parts from the Newcomer Packet (K-10) as outreach literature.  He also shares his experience coming to his first Al-Anon meeting!  We discuss the tendency to close ourselves off to literature that we think doesn’t apply to us and in the “Last Words” section, find out what Michael has in his life now more than he’s ever had!

 

Ep. 1_Part 1 of 2_How Al-Anon Works
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Ep. 1_Part 1 of 2_How Al-Anon Works

Welcome to "CAL Chat" where we discuss our favorite Al-Anon and Alateen Conference Approved Literature.  Episode 1 of this podcast is in 2 parts.  Part 1 of 2 features an interview with Michael where he focuses on a section from the book "How Al-Anon Works" (B-22 & B-32) about forgiveness and how it changed his relationship with his father.  We also talk about suicide and an entirely different way to read this book – by the index keywords!  At the show's webpage www.calchat.libsyn.com I've attached a PDF document as *bonus content* that you can download to use the expanded list of keywords which are already sorted by page number from the preface to page 396.  Enjoy a new reading experience!