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Product Details

  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Al-Anon Family Groups (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981501788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981501789
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

It also will help you learn how to provide healthy love and support for the people you love.
Cindy
A great resource book to have for those who have a friend, family member or loved one who struggles with the disease of alcoholism or addiction.
Lizzie
This book is a wonderful basic text on the principles of the Alanon program, a program of recovery for anyone who has an addict in their lives.
MB

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124 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Mackler on December 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
for those of us who have a drinking or sober alcoholic in our past or present (and god, don't most of us!), this book can help. it's beautifully yet simply written and gently lays out a new philosophy for life, one in which we can learn to keep the focus on ourselves and our behavior, be honest but in an appropriate way, and be kind but firm - with boundaries. this book offered me a whole new idea of what love and life are and can be, and encouraged me to walk forward in a healthy direction like few books have.
another strong plus is that it offers many personal stories - of how and why a wide range of people got into al-anon and how their recovery has been progressing, and each told by the individuals themselves, starting with Lois W., al-anon's co-founder, the wife of Bill W., the founder of AA.
this is a wonderful book and i recommend it highly!
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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By MB on December 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful basic text on the principles of the Alanon program, a program of recovery for anyone who has an addict in their lives. It explains how addiction warps those close to the addict, the behaviors that ensue and finally healthier behavior. It's provides a way out of the prison that's constructed when a family or friend faces the frustration of living with and loving an alcoholic/addict. Buy this book for YOU if you're in this situation..and stop the madness.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Radiant Gaines on February 7, 2008
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If you have any questions about the fellowship of Al-anon, I feel you can find most of the answers here. this book goes into detail about the history of the program, the steps, Members experience, strength and hope. It also has Meeting guidlines, the opening, the closing, the slogans ect. It works if you work it! AND YOU ARE WORTH IT!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Devon on May 24, 2010
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This is a great book for anyone wanting not only wanting a better understanding of alcoholism and addiction, but also for a better way to live by changing how we view the disease and react to it. It offers a peace of mind that we haven't felt in a long time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on June 5, 2009
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This is must read for everyone who has alcoholism in their life. It provides loving and gentle guidance that will help you gain the skills you need to thrive in the midst of this disease. It also will help you learn how to provide healthy love and support for the people you love.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jan K on May 9, 2012
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"How Alanon Works" is a WONDERFUL resource for families and friends of Alcoholics. Also great for families of addicts. This book is full of information and valuable insights about how we can learn how not to suffer the effects of someone else's disease and how changing our own behavior and reactions can improve our loved ones chances of recovery. This book and the support from Alanon members changed my life, facilitated my husband's sobriety and saved my marriage, I would highly recommend this book to anyone affected by the family disease of Alcoholism and also to professionals who interact with Alcoholics or anyone affected by Alcoholism.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janet on July 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I especially like the first half of this book. Love the review and definitions of the Al-anon slogans. I re-read that part often, just to keep them in my mind. Haven't finished all the personal stories yet. I recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Ram on June 22, 2013
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If your life needs changing. This is an amazing book, but it probably won't work very well on it's own. It needs to be used in conjunction with regular attendance at Al-Anon meetings.

Al-Anon is a program for anyone who is or has been affected by someone else's drinking. I strongly recommend both the book and the meetings if you think this may apply to you.
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