The Family Afterwards, Part 1 – Speaker talk

Bob and Linda B. speak in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2004, on how the programs work in their family. They trade off during this two part talk, speaking of their experience, strength, and hope through the 12 steps. Part 1 takes us up to Steps 4 and 5. Part 2 will be published next week.


What does God look like? – An open talk

In this talk, Bob asks and gives his answer to the question “What does God look like?” I think you will like his answer. He explores his experience of what life is like when he follows God's will for him, and how much better it has been than when he listens to the lies his mind tells him. Bob is an alcoholic, but I identified strongly with most of what he had to say. The audio quality is not good, but stay with it. It's worth it. I think this talk is from the 1970s, because he talks about “when they started this thing 40 years ago.”


Arbutus O’N – Speaker talk

Arbutus O'N  from Brownwood, TX speaking at the 3rd Anniversary Soberfest in Champaign, IL – October 9th 1993.

“My life continues to be unmanageable when I fail to practice the principles that were given to us by a society of ex-drunks …”

“There was one group of people … who never gave up on the alcoholics. … the families of alcoholics.”

Arbutus talks about her experience, strength and hope, of what life was like before Al-Anon existed, and how she found recovery in the “family groups” that became Al-Anon. This is a “must listen.” You can now subscribe to our speaker talks. See How To Listen and scroll to the bottom of the page for details.

Mary Pearl T on making amends

Mary Pearl is open and honest, with a wonderful sense of humor. This is part of a longer talk, so it starts in the middle of an anecdote. She talks here about Steps 6, “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character”, 7, “Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings”, 8, “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all,” and 9, “Made direct amends to such people, wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” Her talk is full of stories from her own life, which make me grin, make me think, and make me cry.

On Step 8: “I had hurt nearly everyone that I had ever come in contact with that I had allowed to care for me.”

She ends with her understanding of the promises.

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Open Talk – Ajit S

Ajit S speaking at the All-Texas Al-Anon Alateen Convention in Austin, TX in 2003.

I love his sense of humor.