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How Al-Anon Works for Families & Friends of Alcoholics Paperback – 2008

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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Al-Anon Family Groups; Later Printing Used edition (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 (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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This book, "How Al-anon Works for Families & Friends of Alcoholics," is a terrific one for anyone who has been affected by the disease call "Alcoholism." There are parts of the book which explains what Alcoholism is as a disease and helps you get a clear perspective of how it affects you & other family members/love ones. It also helps you see the role you play in the family disease. Thus, helping you as it did for me, to utilize specific tools such as the Serenity Prayer,Slogans, Steps & others in this book to help you change any unhealthy attitudes/behaviors you may have as a result of being affected/growing up in this family disease. There are also real experiences/stories written by Al-anon members who have been affected by this disease of Alcoholism & whom also share the incredible hope & strength they gained as a result of being a member of Al-anon

Mainly, 'the part you play in the family disease of alcholism," as we learn from this book, is about taking a
look at your own personal involvement in this family disease. In this way, you are able to recognize what you need to change. You may need to stop being a "fixer," trying to fix the alcoholic or other love ones and, instead, be "supportive." You may need to stop being the "enabler," or doing for the alcoholic and/or other love ones what they should be doing for themselves & allow learning from natural consequences. In making such changes(by "letting go"), you can help the alcoholic love one towards getting the help he or she needs. This does not mean in anyway that you stop caring about what happens to him or her but allow learning from natural consequences. You will learn not to fear, nag, scold or judge the alcoholic & others but to love more!
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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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"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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