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With its roots in the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous, when wives joined their husbands at the AA meetings and found refuge and understanding in one another, Al-Anon Family Groups has grown into a robust ...
With its roots in the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous, when wives joined their husbands at the AA meetings and found refuge and understanding in one another, Al-Anon Family Groups has grown into a robust worldwide fellowship of men and women healing from the impact of addiction.
Through colorful firsthand accounts told through rare recordings of interviews and speeches, diary entries, and other documents dating from the 1940s, recovery historian and beloved author Michael Fitzpatrick presents the inspiring story of Al-Anon. Discover how cofounders Anne B. and Lois W. guided the growth of these groundbreaking groups, later known as Clearing House and, ultimately, Al-Anon. Take an intimate peek into these visionaries' lives through never-before-published letters provided by Stepping Stones, the historical home of Bill W. and Lois W. Listen to recordings collected by Al-Anon pioneer Arbutus O. See how the program used by the early "Wives Groups" has evolved over time. Not only will you become a witness to Al-Anon history, you will find inspiration and insight into the core principles and practices that have made this a lifesaving program for thousands worldwide.
Michael Fitzpatrick is a leading historian and speaker in the field of alcoholism, specializing in the development of the Twelve Step movement. For this book, he drew from his own audio archive, possibly the world's largest collection of recordings of the Twelve Step pioneers and their legacy over the decades. He is coauthor with William G. Borchert of 1000 Years of Sobriety: 20 People x 50 Years.
Guide to the Audio CD xix
1 855 Ardmore Avenue: The Story of Anne S. 1
2 The Traveler: Myrtle L. 21
3 Sound Homes: The First International Convention of AA 35
4 Experience, Strength, and Hope 55
5 Laying the Foundation for Al-Anon 73
6 "I Knew It Was Time to Tell My Story:" Margaret D. 85
7 Articles from the AA Grapevine 105
8 Messages from AA's Cofounder to the Family Groups 121
9 "We Need This for Ourselves": The Lois W. Story 139
10 The Story of Anne B.: Cofounder of Al-Anon 159
11 "I Needed a Meeting Long Before I Picked Up My First Drunk" 167
12 "Restore Us to Sanity? I Needed to Be Introduced to Sanity" 183
Epilogue: Celebrating Sixty Years of Al-Anon Family Groups 199
A "Anne S." by Bill W., AA Grapevine, July 1949 203
B AI-Anon's Twelve Steps 205
C AI-Anon's Twelve Traditions 207
D Al-Anon's Twelve Concepts of Service 209
About the Author 219