Is there literature or other materials available to help me learn about Al-Anon?
The Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. publishes books, pamphlets, wallet cards, Al-Anon service materials and guidelines, a monthly magazine called the Forum, Alateen Talks (a quarterly newsletter for Alateen members and Alateen groups), and other materials. Materials produced by Al-Anon World Services are referred to as “Conference-Approved Literature” (CAL.) Al-Anon conference-approved literature provides a valuable resource to help people learn about Al-Anon, and for members to have a connection with Al-Anon support when meetings or contact with other Al-Anon members may not be available. Some Al-Anon literature addresses specific concerns, such as spouses/partners, parents, or children of alcoholics. A complete listing of Al-Anon Conference Approved Literature and an order form is available in the literature area of the Al-Anon World Services web site.
How can I find Al-Anon literature?
Many Al-Anon and Alateen meetings offer a free complimentary literature packet to newcomers attending their first Al-Anon meeting, and many also offer additional books and pamphlets for sale. The District 5 Al-Anon literature distribution center provides literature for sale to groups or individuals (please see our contact us page to contact the District 5 Al-Anon literature distribution center.) The Al-Anon World Services publications area provides “conference-approved” Al-Anon literature for sale, in English, Spanish and French. Al-Anon literature is also available from many bookstores, libraries and on-line sources. A complete listing of Al-Anon Conference Approved Literature and an order form are available in the literature area of the Al-Anon World Services web site.
Is there Al-Anon/Alateen Literature that I can read on line?
In addition to a wealth of information about the Al-Anon program, the Al-Anon World Services web site includes items of Al-Anon Conference-Approved Literature posted on various parts of their site. We have several conference-approved Al-Anon pamphlets reproduced as PDF documents on the District 5 Web site (reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.)
Each month, the World Services web site posts a chapter from an Al-Anon conference-approved book for people to read on line, along with stories from the Forum (Al-Anon’s monthly magazine) on the same topic.
Al-Anon publishes an annual outreach magazine, “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism.” This magazine has information about Al-Anon and Alateen, stories from Al-Anon and Alateen members, and perspectives on Al-Anon/Alateen written by people in various helping professionals. Please click here to be linked to Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2015 posted on the Al-Anon World Services site.
Al-Anon World Services publishes books and pamphlets especially for Alateen members. Alateen literature is available from the sources described above. A list of conference-approved Alateen literature is available in the Alateen literature area of the Al-Anon World Services web site. Al-Anon World Services also publishes Alateen Talks, a quarterly newsletter for Alateen groups and members. Our Alateen page includes conference-approved Alateen literature reproduced as PDF documents (reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.)
The Forum, Al-Anon’s monthly magazine
Al-Anon’s monthly magazine, the Forum, includes inspiring personal stories written by Al-Anon members from around the world. Information about the Forum, excerpts from the most recent Forum magazine, and Forum subscription information can be accessed on the Forum magazine page of the Al-Anon World Services web site. You can also read excerpts from the Forum published on the Member’s Stories page of our Al-Anon District 5 web site.
How can I find out what’s going on in Michigan?
The Serenity Sentinel is a quarterly newsletter for Michigan Al-Anon Family Group members. It has articles from Michigan’s Delegate, Chairperson and Treasurer. It also contains information about upcoming Al-Anon events, with fliers and registration forms for the events. A one-year subscription is $4.00. Click here to print a subscription form!
Is there conference-approved literature or other materials available for blind or visually impaired members, and for members who have challenges with reading?
The literature area of the Al-Anon World Services web site includes materials printed in large type. An order form that includes large-type literature is available on the Al-Anon World Services site.
The Al-Anon Family Groups, Inc. has given permission to agencies serving the blind and visually impaired to reproduce its literature in Braille, on cassette tapes and in large print; you can check with these agencies to find or request Al-Anon materials. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress administers a free library program of Braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. For information, please click here. The Washtenaw County Library for the Blind and Disabled (LBPD) provides free loans of books and magazines in alternate formats (recorded cassette, large print and Braille) including some items of Al-Anon Conference Approved Literature, for people that live in Washtenaw, Livingston or Jackson County, Michigan and have a visual, reading, and/or physical disability that interferes with their ability to read regular printed publications. For information, please click here.