guidelines

About Houston Intergroup Guidelines

Introduction

The following is a list of all Al-Anon Guidelines, in PDF, located at the Al-Anon World Service Office (WSO) website.

Group Information

Group Information (G-11)
Group Representative (G-41)
"The Group Representative (GR) is a vital link in the continuing function, growth and unity of world Al-Anon."
Reserve Fund Guidelines (G-12)
"The Reserve Fund is a fact of operating life at the WSO and in many of our service entities."
Starting an Al-Anon Group (G-8)
"Al-Anon is a “we” program — you don’t need to go it alone!"
Taking A Group Inventory
"Taking a periodic group inventory helps to keep your group healthy and invigorated."

Group Meetings

Beginners' Meeting (G-2)
"Beginners’ Meetings are an important part of our Al-Anon
Family Groups (G-27)
The Open Al-Anon Meeting "Open meetings welcome non-members such as students or professionals." (G-13).
Suggested Programs for Meeting
"There are as many possibilities for topics and types of meetings as there are groups and individual members."

AA Affiliation

AA Affiliation (G-7)
Al-Anon/Alateen Participation in an AA Area Convention (G-3)
"Al-Anon, almost from its beginning, has participated in AA events."
Cooperation between Al‑Anon and A.A.
"In order to differentiate between affiliation and cooperation, the Policy Committee of Al‑Anon has prepared answers to some of the questions that frequently arise."

Alateen

Alateen (G-16)
Alateen Conferences (G-5)
"Alateen Conferences give attendees the increased sharing experience of a wider Alateen membership."
Alateen Meetings in Schools
"This guideline offers tips for Al-Anon members interested in starting an Alateen meeting in a school." (G-34)
Alateen Safety Guidelines (G-19)
"Before recovery can take place, an environment of trust and safety must exist."
Starting an Alateen Group
"Your area may have additional requirements and the sequence of events may differ."

Areas

Area Archives (G-30)
"The purpose of an area archives is to preserve the experience, history and memorabilia of the Al-Anon fellowship from the beginning of the family movement in that locale." (G-41)
Reserve Fund Guidelines
"The Reserve Fund is a fact of operating life at the WSO and in many of our service entities."

Area Conventions

Al-Anon/Alateen Area Conventions
"An area convention is an occasion for Al-Anon and Alateen members to gather for fun and fellowship, to celebrate their beginnings, enhance their understanding of the program, and to find ways to attract new members."

Area Coordinators

Area Alateen Coordinators
"The Area Alateen Coordinator is the vital link of communication between the WSO and the Area on matters relating to Alateen." (G-32)
Area Forum Coordinators
"Area Forum Coordinators encourage groups and members to submit sharings to The Forum and to subscribe." (G-6)
Area Literature Coordinators
"Area Literature Coordinators are a vital link in Al-Anon service, carrying the message of recovery and unity through Al-Anon Conference Approved Literature (CAL) to the districts, Al-Anon information services (AISs), LDCs, groups, and members in their areas."
Area Public Outreach Coordinator(G-38)
"Outreach to the Public/Media, Outreach to Professionals, and Outreach to Institutions" (see below)
Group Records Coordinator (G-36)
"The area group records coordinator is the “keeper” of group information."

Districts

District Meetings (G-15)
"One of the primary means of communication from group to group is the district meeting."
District Representative (G-37)
"The District Representative (DR) is an important link between the groups and the area assembly. The district is a geographical segment containing a number of groups, located relatively close to one another."
Group Representative (G-11)

Intergroups

Al-Anon Information Services (AIS) (G-4)
"An Al-Anon information service is a local service center established by one or more groups or districts located close enough to one another for easy access and communication."

Internet

Electronic Al-Anon Meeting Guidelines (G-39)
"Al‑Anon Family Groups acknowledge the potential and value of the Internet and other electronic communications media for communicating information about Al‑Anon and offering hope and comfort to the families and friends of alcoholics."
Guideline for Al-Anon Web Sites (G-40)
"Al‑Anon/Alateen Web sites are developed to meet the needs of Al‑Anon service arms, including Districts, Areas, Al‑Anon Information Services (also known as Intergroups), and Literature Distribution Centers (LDCs)."

Literature

Literature Distribution Centers (G-18)
"Al-Anon literature distribution centers (LDCs) provide Al-Anon members with local access and quick delivery of Al-Anon books, pamphlets, booklets, kits, posters, films, guidelines and other Al-Anon material."
Ordering Literature (G-31)
"As the person who orders literature for your Al-Anon group, you have an exciting opportunity to bring the treasury of Conference Approved Literature (CAL) and other Al-Anon material to each person seeking recovery in Al-Anon."

Newsletters & Periodicals

Area Forum Coordinators (G-32)
"Area Forum Coordinators encourage groups and members to submit sharings to The Forum and to subscribe."
Guidelines for Newsletter Editors(G-21)
"A newsletter can be a key source of information, unity and harmony for a district, area, or information service."

Service/Public Outreach

A Meeting on Wheels (G-22)
"A meeting on wheels is an opportunity for Al-Anon and Alateen members to demonstrate what a meeting is like to potential members, professionals and others interested in learning about the help and hope available in our fellowship."
Outreach to Institutions (G-9)
"...an institution is generally a residential facility, with limited access to the public..." and "include treatment centers, hospital alcoholism units, correctional facilities, juvenile detention centers, group homes, halfway houses, shelters—homeless/battered women’s."
Outreach to Professionals (G-29)
"Outreach to Professionals happens whenever members or a group inform a professional about Al-Anon and Alateen."
Outreach to the Public Media (G-10)
Newspapers, TV, radio, magazines, the Internet, poster placement, health and community fairs, etc.
Services in Correctional Facilities (G-14)
"Working with Inmates and Their Families"

Speaking

Speaking (G-1)
Members Interested in Speaking "The only ingredient needed is the willingness to try."