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Southwest Michigan Al-Anon and Alateen

Southwest Michigan

Al-Anon and Alateen

Conference Approved Literature (CAL)

Many of us have found that the book How Al-Anon Works is a wonderful introduction to the Al-Anon program. In meetings, members often read from one of the daily readers: One Day at a Time in Al-Anon, Courage to Change, or Hope for Today.


There is a list of books that are approved for use at Al-Anon meeting on You can purchase literature from this website or locally at the address below. 


The Alano Club is located at: 933 South Burdick Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001. Their supply of books and flyers is stored in a locked bookcase for purchase, but it is recommended that you call (269) 343-2711 before going as there may be meetings in progress.  Other meeting locations have books that can be purchased directly from them.


Forum is a magazine that is created monthly by the Al-anon Family Groups. Each month covers a range of topics such as: steps, slogans, personal story, and reading for Alateen.  A few of the stories each month are published on the Forum page of the website. The Forum can be purchased and sent to your address. 


Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism magazine is the annual public outreach magazine designed to introduce families of alcoholics to Al-Anon and to the importance of family recovery from a relative or friend's drinking. Essential information about Al-Anon, members’ stories, and articles by professionals are included. Professionals also can use the Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism magazine as an aid for their patient/client referrals to Al-Anon.


In addition to meetings, Al-Anon publishes a variety of books, magazines, and flyers to spread our shared message of hope. There is a wealth of information available on the literature page. Below you will find additional information about all the available literature. 

This is the language that is most often spoken at the beginning of most meetings.

Serenity Prayer

Al-Anon Slogans are simple statements that many find easy to recall and follow. Click on a slogan below to learn more!

Steps, Traditions, and the Declaration

The Twelve Steps, adapted nearly word-for-word from the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, have been a tool for spiritual growth for millions of Al‑Anon and Alateen members. At meetings, Al‑Anon and Alateen members share with each other the personal lessons they have learned from practicing these Steps.

The 12 Traditions summarize the Al-Anon principles that have proven to help Al-Anon groups function effectively.

The Al-Anon Declaration is often read at meetings. 

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