Are you new to Al-Anon? Do you wonder what to expect? What you should do immediately? What are the challenges we face early on? Does Al-Anon have its own “culture”? Then you’ve come to the right place, because today, we’re going to talk about getting started in Al-Anon.
Spencer and guest host Wendy talk about our early experiences in Al-Anon, reflecting on what you might expect as you come to your first few meetings. We used this outline to guide our discussion.
- What should I expect when I come to my first meeting?
- Meeting format?
- What should I do “immediately”?
- Go to meetings!
- Buy and read literature!
- Talk in the meeting?
- Get a phone list?
- Get a sponsor?
- Start working the steps?
- What are some early challenges?
- The jargon?
- Feeling safe?
- “God” talk?
- Is there an Al-Anon culture? What is it?
- How we interact with each other?
Our topic for next week is Step 11, “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out”. Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.
Music from the show
Arcade Fire – Ready to Start
SMASH cast – Stand
Emerson, Lake and Palmer – From the Beginning
The music at the beginning of this episode is Begin the Beguine played by Artie Shaw and his Orchestra.
Books we mentioned that you can order from Al-Anon:
The paperback edition of Al-Anon's basic book
Opening our Hearts, Transforming our Losses
Recovery from grief and loss