Al-Anon Family Groups Publishes Workbook for Spiritual Growth from Dealing with the Effects of Someone Else’s Alcoholism

This week, Al-Anon Family Groups is publishing "Reaching for Personal Freedom," its first workbook to help friends and family members of alcoholics to find lessons for personal growth in the spiritual principles of Al-Anon’s three Legacies-the Twelve Steps, Traditions, and Concepts of Service.

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Al-Anon Family Groups

"Reaching for Personal Freedom"

The questions for further thought and reflection are the heart of this workbook, which is intended to help people affected by a loved one’s alcoholism to understand how to apply Al-Anon’s spiritual principles to find practical solutions to common problems.

Virginia Beach, VA (PRWEB) July 17, 2013

Al-Anon Family Groups announces the publication of "Reaching for Personal Freedom," its first workbook intended to help people apply the Al-Anon program’s spiritual principles to their daily lives.

The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of problem drinkers who meet together to find solutions to problems that commonly result from living with the effects of alcoholism. Al-Anon is a Twelve Step program, based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is a mutual support group for problem drinkers. Al-Anon’s three Legacies are the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and the Twelve Concepts of Service.

The workbook, available in English, Spanish, and French, is based on stories that Al-Anon members have written about how they responded to challenging situations in their lives by using the spiritual principles of the three Legacies. There is a separate chapter for each of the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts of Service.

Each chapter begins with a short introduction, followed by several Al Anon members’ reflections on how they applied a spiritual principle to a specific situation, as well as questions for discussion and further reflection on each situation.

“The questions for further thought and reflection are the heart of this workbook, which is intended to help people affected by a loved one’s alcoholism to understand how to apply Al-Anon’s spiritual principles to find practical solutions to common problems,” said Pamela Walters, Information Analyst at Al-Anon’s World Service Office.

“The true author of this ‘book’ is the individual who writes a personal response to each of the questions. 'Reaching for Personal Freedom,' is based on the writing of many Al-Anon members, but ultimately it will be written by only one person, the individual who actively responds to the questions. Every reader is the author, and every ‘book’ is uniquely personal,” Ms. Walters said.

The reflections by Al-Anon members in the workbook were originally shared on a blog published on Al-Anon’s Web site, al-anon.alateen.org. For examples of how Al-Anon members apply Al-Anon’s principles to their lives, see this year’s edition of the blog, "Using Al-Anon’s Steps in Our Personal Lives," which is currently open to new sharings.

Sample pages from "Reaching for Personal Freedom" are available on the Al-Anon Web site. The workbook can be purchased in English for $15.00 through the Al-Anon Online Store. Copies in Spanish and French can be purchased by order form, through either fax or mail.

Al-Anon Family Groups are for families and friends who have been affected by the problem drinking of someone close to them. Nearly 16,000 local groups meet every week throughout the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. Al-Anon Family Groups meet in more than 130 countries, and Al-Anon literature is available in more than 40 languages. Al-Anon Family Groups have been offering strength and support to families and friends of alcoholics since 1951. Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. acts as the clearinghouse worldwide for inquiries from those who need help or want information about Al-Anon Family Groups and Alateen, its program for teenage members.

For more information about Al-Anon Family Groups, go to al-anon.alateen.org, or read a copy of "Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2013." Find a local meeting by calling toll-free: 1-888-4AL-ANON.