Conference Approved Literature (CAL) ­

Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. publishes books, pamphlets, service materials, and a monthly magazine, The Forum. Many Al-Anon and Alateen meetings offer complimentary literature (often a `newcomer’s packet’) to newcomers, and offer books and pamphlets for sale.

Popular Titles: some available as e-books too

  • Daily Readers
    Al-Anon daily readers —Courage to Change, Hope for Today, and the classic One Day at A Time are available online along with many other books that have helped thousands of families of alcoholics.  For Alateens there is Alateen–a day at a time.
  • How Al-Anon Works for Families and Friends of Alcoholics: a wonderful, thorough introduction to Al-Anon.
  • Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism
    Shows how Al-Anon helps families and friends of alcoholics.
  • From Survival to Recovery: Growing up in an Alcoholic Home
    Al-Anon adult children tell their stories — with pathos and humor, with courage and rigorous honesty — revealing the pain, recovering the past, and renewing the hope for all of us.
  • Opening Our Hearts, Transforming our Losses: Coping with grief and loss.
  • Lois Remembers
    Lois W., a co-founder of Al-Anon recalls the eventful years before and after the founding of AA and Al-Anon.
  • Paths To Recovery – Al-Anon’s Steps, Traditions, and Concepts
    Al-Anon’s Steps, Traditions, and Concepts Shares love, compassion and challenge; the experience, strength and hope of Al-Anon members’ personal growth experiences worldwide. Long awaited and asked for — at last, an in depth study of Al-Anon’s three legacies, the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts.

How to Order

The quickest way to obtain Al-Anon literature is at your nearest Al-Anon Family Group meeting. Titles are available AT COST. Popular titles are usually available at every meeting, or can be ordered through the group secretary.

You can also order Al-Anon / Alateen literature and materials on-line or contact the WSO at (757) 563-1600 for a catalog.

The status of ordering literature within the Colorado Area is changing as of November 2021. Literature may be available at the Pikes Peak Al-Anon/Alateen Service Center (Colorado Springs). Go to the Service Centers menu for more information.

Why CAL Materials?

Please note that AL-ANON uses only literature approved by the AL-ANON Family Groups World Service Conference at AL-ANON meetings and functions.  This Conference Approved Literature (CAL) contains readings written by and selected by participants in the AL-ANON program, which are designed to follow the principles of AL-ANON.  These principles include the concept of neutrality and respect for the personal beliefs of individuals in the AL-ANON program.

Checked Nov 2022