Tonight’s Recovery Topic is Recovery Literature
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Bill shared that the Big Book entitled Alcoholics Anonymous was the first official literature he encountered. He was presented with this book free at his first meeting along with a newcomers packet. Bill also uses the 12 and 12 as a resource for step work.
Spencer shared that How Al-anon Works or the Blue Book is the basic text he uses for his Al-anon program along with Paths to Recovery or the Tan Book. Spencer shared that he would read these texts at night when he couldn’t sleep. We all noted how it didn’t matter if you’re an AA or an Al-anon, the problem of sleep difficulty due to stress is relieved by reading recovery literature. The three C’s in step one of the literature was discussed. Mark shared what a relief the three C’s are in Al-anon, that he can’t cause, can’t cure, and can’t control some one else’s addiction.
All agreed that the Traditions are mostly discussed at meetings but not studied much. Bill did share his experience with the 12 and 12, the book by Bill Wilson and his reflection on the steps and the traditions.
Daily readers were discussed next. Bill uses Daily Reflections while Spencer uses One Day at a Time and Courage to Change. Mark also uses Hope for Today along with the Language of Letting Go. Although we all have read these daily readers several times through, something new is discovered often.
Bill also enjoyed a book “A New Pair of Glasses” by Chuck C. This book is an expanded open talk by Chuck from California. Mark also recommends “Dr. Bob and the Good Old-timers” which is biographical book about Dr. Bob and the early days of AA.
It was also discussed about how important it is in recovery to be able to read and write. These skills are sometimes assumed and can be a special challenge to recovery for the blind and illiterate.
Mark discusses his trip to Saugatuck. Bill is busy with his young family. Spencer is enjoying his time at Lake Wobegon. Mark Discusses going to podcamp Cincinnati in October. Find all about Anna and her childhood pet duck, Lamont.
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Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
How Al-Anon Works for Families & Friends of Alcoholics
Paths to Recovery: Al-Anon’s Steps, Traditions and Concepts
Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members
One Day at a Time in Al-Anon
Courage to Change: One Day at a Time in Al-Anon II
Hope for Today
More Language of Letting Go: 366 New Daily Meditations (Hazelden Meditation Series)
A New Pair of Glasses
DR. BOB AND THE GOOD OLDTIMERS (Alcoholics Anonymous, A biography, with recollections of early A.A. in the Midwest)