Al-Anon Meeting Reflection

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The meeting started with an informal opening and was followed by silence. Next they went into prayer. After prayer they read from a book. They went over the 12 steps and 12 traditions. After the 12 traditions one of the members said the meeting was anonymous and what is discussed should not leave the room. Once that was said members started talking, sharing stories. It appeared to me that many of them had been going to the same meeting for several years; they seemed so comfortable sharing their stories and seemed to have a close bond. After the discussion they read from the book again and finished with a chant. I think I found the willingness to say their problems or what was going on in their lives, what most say airing their dirty laundry…show more content…
Each Al-Anon Family Group has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of AA ourselves, by encouraging and understanding our alcoholic relatives, and by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics. 6. Our Family Groups ought never endorse, finance or lend our name to any outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary spiritual aim. Although a separate entity, we should always co-operate with Alcoholics Anonymous. 7. Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. 8. Al-Anon Twelfth Step work should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers. 9. Our groups, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve. 10. The Al-Anon Family Groups have no opinion on outside issues; hence our name ought never be drawn into public controversy. 11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, and TV. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all AA members. 12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above

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