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“CAL Chat” is where we talk about our favorite Al-Anon & Alateen literature and how it has improved our lives.

“CAL Chat” is where we talk about our favorite Al-Anon & Alateen literature and how it has improved our lives.

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United States

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“CAL Chat” is where we talk about our favorite Al-Anon & Alateen literature and how it has improved our lives.

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English


Episodes

Ep. 12_Part 5 of 5_Just For Today

12/26/2018
Terry Anne highlights new upcoming Al-Anon literature in part 5 of 5 of Episode 12 and explains how the motto chosen for the "2018 World Service Conference Summary" (P-46) applies to her own personal life. To submit your suggestion for your favorite "Forum" article that you’d like to see in the new upcoming book, email it to: wso@al-anon.org – be sure to use the working title "The Forum Book" in the email's subject line and they’ll also need to know the article's title, and the month and...

Duration:00:17:33

Ep. 12_Part 4 of 5_Just For Today

12/26/2018
In part 4 of 5 (of Episode 12), Terry Anne’s pick for her favorite outreach piece of literature is the bookmark "Just For Today" (M-12) and we talk about how it helps puts the focus on ourselves, not the alcoholic. Then we pull out our "2018 World Service Conference Summary" (P-46) to dive into page 51 regarding the new upcoming bookmark "Just For Tonight" (M-81) that originally came from the August 2016 edition of "The Forum" magazine. To download the free "2018 World Service Conference...

Duration:00:14:10

Ep. 12_Part 3 of 5_Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships

12/26/2018
Terry Anne (in part 3 of 5 of Episode 12) sums up the new book "Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships" (B-33) in 3 words! I reveal my favorite sections from pages 18-19 and the story of loss on page 118 that still stays with me. QUOTABLE MOMENT FROM TERRY ANNE: "...we’re loved more for who we really are than anyone ever did for who we thought they wanted us to be!" LITERATURE MENTIONED & RELATED EPISODES: "Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships" Episode 11: part 4 of 4 "The Forum" (magazine)–...

Duration:00:12:05

Ep. 12_Part 2 of 5_Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships

12/26/2018
In part 2 of 5 (of Episode 12), Terry Anne elaborates on communication from Chapter 3 of the brand new book "Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships" (B-33). She explains how she has used this book in her personal life in recognizing and moving through old behaviors. We also discuss how labels and biases can hinder intimacy and that this book is an example of our evolving Al-Anon program. QUOTABLE MOMENT FROM TERRY ANNE: "...it didn’t seem to matter if you were male or female, ideas that were...

Duration:00:12:49

Ep. 12_Part 1 of 5_Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships

12/26/2018
How can it be easier to share about sex? How can spiritual solutions be brought into intimate situations? What new upcoming Al-Anon literature is on the horizon? Terry Anne shares, in part 1 of 5 of Episode 12, about the brand new book "Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships" (B-33) that came out in 2018 at Al-Anon’s 6th International Convention. We discuss the workshop she once gave on the topic of sex, the different types of intimacy covered, and my strange experience with this...

Duration:00:10:23

Ep. 11_Part 4 of 4_From Survival To Recovery

8/15/2017
Susan and 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) and we remember what it was like growing up in an alcoholic home. Lastly, we look forward to the brand new book...

Duration:00:13:37

Ep. 11_Part 3 of 4_From Survival To Recovery

8/15/2017
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) and how this book marked a turning point for Al-Anon Family Groups. QUOTABLE MOMENT FROM SUSAN: "I was an adult before I was the child." LITERATURE MENTIONED &...

Duration:00:11:07

Ep. 11_Part 2 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better

8/15/2017
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, and the difference between being grateful and thankful. A NOTE OF CAUTION: this is the first episode to include EXPLICIT language, so proceed accordingly! QUOTABLE MOMENT FROM SUSAN: "My worth is who I am – not what I do, not what I give you. I’m...

Duration:00:10:28

Ep. 11_Part 1 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better

8/15/2017
Am I the right kind of busy? Where does self-worth come from? Helping versus enabling? Being a victim versus a participant? 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! QUOTABLE MOMENT FROM SUSAN: "I used to say I was born angry!" LITERATURE MENTIONED &...

Duration:00:11:16

Ep. 10_Part 4 of 4_Just For Today

4/18/2017
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 and what sets this item apart from the rest of the literature in the 2017 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) and what one word on the wallet card version (M-11)...

Duration:00:15:32

Ep. 10_Part 3 of 4_Just For Today

4/18/2017
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 World Service Conference 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 and the World Service...

Duration:00:16:07

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

4/18/2017
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 the slogan “Let Go and Let God” (especially the importance of faith in the 2nd half) and 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 and lastly, find out why I consider slogans are similar to...

Duration:00:12:19

Ep. 10_Part 1 of 4_How Al-Anon Works

4/18/2017
What are good consequences? Where does the fear of letting go come from? What are literature discussions like at the World Service Conference? 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 and how serenity can eventually become a guiding force in our lives for making decisions. We also look closer at the slogan “Let it Begin With Me” as not just something that...

Duration:00:11:38

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

3/12/2017
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 and she wraps up with a “Last Words” section about amends and Step Nine. QUOTABLE MOMENT FROM PAT: "Al-Anon is something we can use just in daily living." LITERATURE MENTIONED & RELATED EPISODES: "Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017"– Episode 5: part 4 of 4 ...

Duration:00:14:04

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

3/12/2017
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 and how desperation can be a gift! QUOTABLE MOMENT FROM PAT: "I understood from that first meeting that these people had been in my situation..." LITERATURE MENTIONED...

Duration:00:14:22

Ep. 9_Part 2 of 4_Courage To Change

3/12/2017
The conversation continues in Episode 9’s second part with Pat and 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, and how reading the literature can show that we’ve changed. Also find out a few fun facts about "Courage To Change." QUOTABLE MOMENT FROM PAT: "I forget how my life became unmanageable and I think it’s easy to fall back into...

Duration:00:13:58

Ep. 9_Part 1 of 4_Courage To Change

3/12/2017
How can I get time back in my life? Are appointments needed to attend an Al-Anon meeting? How can I spot changes in myself? 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, and which roles she identifies with from the pamphlet "Alcoholism,...

Duration:00:15:20

Ep. 8_Part 3 of 3_Alateen Members Share

2/1/2017
In part 3 of 3 (of Episode 8), Alateen members share what they would like to say to Al-Anon members, and 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 and 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...

Duration:00:12:14

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

2/1/2017
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), and pages 268-269 (September 24th and 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, and how a member can eventually resemble the image on page 269 from "Living Today in...

Duration:00:10:45

Ep. 8_Part 1 of 3_Alateen Literature - Various

2/1/2017
How can I keep things simple? If my growth is like a tree, then what are my roots? What Alateen book can I bring to an Al-Anon meeting? 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), and pages 25-26 from the "Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017" (P-24/27)....

Duration:00:12:24