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 Al-Anon offers a wide selection of literature covering topics relating to people affected by someone else's drinking. Pamphlets and books explain how the program works and how helps friends and families of alcoholics.

The quickest way to get Al-Anon literature is at an Al-Anon Family Group meeting. District 11 Al-Anon and Alateen meetings offer a free complimentary literature packet to newcomers attending their first Al-Anon meeting.

Conference-Approved Literature

Al-Anon /Alateen conference approved literature: daily readers, books, and pamphlets are published by the Al-Anon World Services. Conference Approval is a World Service Conference process for the development of Al-Anon literature that reflects the group conscience of the Al-Anon Family Groups. Almost all of the writing is from by Al-Anon/Alateen members who share their experience, strength and hope while expressing Al-Anon/Alateen principles.

Literature Depot:

Al-Anon Literature may be purchased from 6:15-7:15pm on the 4th Tuesday, Jan-Oct. and 1st Tues. of December at:

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
Wright Room
240 Channing Way, Terra Linda (San Rafael)

Ordering Literature:

Mail order form (PDF)

Order Online from WSO

Al-Anon Books:

Alateen—Hope for Children of Alcoholics
This basic primer can help anyone seeking an easy-to-understand explanation of alcoholism and the Alateen program. The Steps, Traditions, slogans, personal stories, meeting format, and an Alateen timeline are all included.

The Dilemma of the Alcoholic Marriage
Al-Anon can help with the unique problems of alcoholic relationships. Members share experiences with applying the Twelve Steps to their relationships.

The Al-Anon Family Groups—Classic Edition
With a new introduction, footnotes, and appendix, the original text of our pioneer members connects us with Al-Anon’s roots. The hope that this book still offers the world is undeniable.

One Day at a Time in Al-Anon
This Al-Anon classic offers inspirational daily readings relating Al-Anon philosophy to everyday situations.

Lois Remembers
Lois W., cofounder of Al-Anon, recalls the eventful years before and after the founding of AA and Al-Anon.

Al-Anon’s Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions
The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions come alive through essays, reflections, and stories from Al-Anon members. Revised in 2005, re-edited text and several new stories give a fresh approach to an Al-Anon favorite.

Forum Favorites Volume 4
This volume features classic excerpts from Al-Anon’s monthly magazine, The Forum.

Alateen—a day at a time
A collection of positive daily sharings written by Alateen members around the world

As We Understood …
Al-Anon members share their understanding of prayer, letting go, fellowship, meditation, a Higher Power, and spiritual awakening.

… In All Our Affairs: Making Crises Work for You
Al-Anon members’ personal stories reveal how applying specific Al-Anon principles helped them through life’s difficult situations. It includes stories dealing with abuse, death, divorce, violence, infidelity, and more.

Courage to Change     One Day at a Time in Al-Anon II
This collection of insightful daily reflections reveals the surprisingly simple things that can transform lives.

From Survival to Recovery: Growing Up in an Alcoholic Home
Al-Anon adult children tell their stories—with pathos, humor, courage, and honesty, renewing hope for all of us.

How Al-Anon Works for Families & Friends of Alcoholics
Al-Anon's “basic book” reflects the shared wisdom of Al-Anon members today. The most comprehensive book on Al-Anon is excellent for personal and meeting study.

Courage to Be Me—Living with Alcoholism
Alateen’s most comprehensive book, filled with shared recovery written by Alateen members.

Paths to Recovery—Al-Anon’s Steps, Traditions, and Concepts
A guide for study of Al-Anon’s three Legacies. Chapters on each Step, Tradition, and Concept of Service include insightful text, poignant personal stories, and thought-provoking questions for group or individual study.

Living Today in Alateen
Alateen’s newest daily reader, filled with wonderful, hope-filled personal sharings. The simplicity and straightforwardness of these pages can show all of us, regardless of age, how to live right now, today.

Hope for Today
Al-Anon’s newest daily reader is an inspiring and thought-provoking follow-up to our other two daily readers. Based on the sharings of Al-Anon’s adult children members, this is a book for anyone who wants to grow in acceptance, compassion, and understanding.

Opening Our Hearts, Transforming Our Losses
This book, new in 2007 invites us to acknowledge, understand, and accept the losses we have experienced as a result of someone else’s alcoholism, including death, financial ruin, abandoned dreams, and vanished self-esteem.

Discovering Choices, Our Recovery in Relationships
Al-Anon’s latest book explores the many facets of our recovery in relationships. Drawing on the experience, strength, and hope of hundreds of members, it sheds light on how alcoholism has affected many different types of relationships in many different ways. It also shares why various Al-Anon tools have been helpful in improving our relationships or our attitudes about them.

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