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About Awakenings

Awakenings is an email Al-Anon Meeting focusing on Steps 3 and 11 and the spiritual journey of recovering from the effects of living with or having lived with a person with a drinking problem -- their families and friends.

Awakenings began on September 26, 1996 with a posting on another Online Al-Anon (OLA) group by one of us who wondered if there were others who were interested in focusing on Steps 3 & 11 and the spiritual side of recovery. Twenty-two people responded. The first share was posted on September 30, 1996. Shares on specific topics, selected by a Weekly Topic Chair, were begun in December 1996. A Member Contact was affirmed in January 1997. On April 15, 1997 we moved from keeping a personal address book and/or doing mail forwarding to using a listserve.

Awakenings is guided by the principles we learn in Al-Anon, upon which our guidelines for sharing online were developed. Awakenings is listed at the WSO as an OLA meeting and participates in the Online Al-Anon Information Service.

Al-Anon online differs from face-to-face (f2f) meetings. We don't consider this a substitute. It is an additional recovery tool enabling sharing and reading others' experience, strength and hope (ESH) -- an adjunct to all important f2f meetings, Al-Anon literature, personal sponsorship, etc. Online email sharing is more like publishing. Initially, it may not seem as personal and warm as regular Al-Anon meetings, however, we do develop online friendships that are often quite rewarding in our Al-Anon recovery. Often we are amazed at how a higher power works to bring us together.

As we keep coming back, we get to know each other and come to love each other in a very special way. It may take a little longer to feel comfortable. We can't easily ask questions after the meeting and we can't go for coffee/tea. Personal emailing to other participants is a way of having a meeting after the meeting.

We invite you to read our Guidelines and decide if you wish to join us on our journey of recovery.

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At this time the Al-Anon Family Groups, Inc, 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, Va. 23454, are in process of developing guidelines for Al-Anon on the Internet. The provision of the information on this website does not constitute endorsement of this by AFG, Inc., WSO, or any other entities. If you have any questions or comments about this website or would like to report any inoperative links or pages, please contact the webmaster. These pages are emerging as planning is being done by representatives from OLA meetings for OLA participation at the 1998 International Convention at Salt Lake City and is an experiment in OLAs working together. Updated January 26, 2001.