There are no experts in Al-Anon — 343

I heard someone in a meeting say, “the great thing is that there are no experts in Al-Anon.” What does this mean and why is it a great thing? Aren’t we all experts on our own stories?

  • One expression of this idea is found in Tradition 8: Al-Anon Twelfth Step work should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  • What if we did recognize “experts”?
  • Would we elevate their opinions and solutions?
  • Why would this be harmful?
  • In recovery we “share experiences, strength, and hope”. 
  • Why is this so powerful?
  • What have you learned from someone else’s sharing?
  • Would you have rejected it if it came from an “expert” as a prescription instead of from someone sharing just their own experience?
  • The only thing I’m an “expert” on is my own experience.  
  • I can share what happened, what I did, and how well (or not) it worked for me.
  • And you can take what you like, and leave the rest.
  • There is no “quiz”, no “evaluation”, no list of things you need to learn to recover.
  • How beautiful is that?

Readings and Links

We read from How Al-Anon Works, chapter 16, Twelve Traditions; and Hope for Today, December 18

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