With a new year brings new home and time to heal.

January is the month for the First Step, First Tradition and First Concept. In Al Anon we may return to the first step many times in working our program.

Step One says “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol; that our lives had become unmanageable”. The second part of this step is easy to admit but to the first part we only give lip service. We find it difficult to surrender to the idea that we, the competent ones who have tried to cope with an alcoholic situation, don’t really know how to handle it correctly.

“I pray to be released from my compulsion to control my situation. I have so often proved I am unable to control it. Let me think, know and feel my powerlessness; then I will at least learn to let go and let God.”

p. 30 ODAT

The First Tradition states’ “Our common welfare should come first; personal progress for the greatest number depends on unity.   The traditions are guidance of Al Anon Groups..as much a part of our spiritual foundation as the Steps.  

p. 83-85 Al Anon The Twelve Steps and Traditions

Concept One states; The ultimate responsibility and authority for Al Anon world services belongs  to the Al Anon Groups.  Responsibility and authority are often misplaced in families affected by alcoholism.  Sometimes we take on all the authority and responsibility because we assume the alcoholic is incapable and needs our help.  At other times, the alcoholic is the driving force in everything, and we passively follow along because we are afraid of provoking an incident, or we want approval from the alcoholic.  Many alcoholic families have little or no experience with shared responsibility and balanced authority.