“Our literature is the principal means by which growth, unity and service in Al-Anon is facilitated.  The influence of the many thousands of books and pamphlets is incalculable.”  Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual

Our Al-Anon literature is only one of the tools in the Al-Anon programme and is most beneficial when used in conjunction with the other tools. The books and pamphlets can strengthen our recovery, but they cannot substitute for the help and healing that takes place at Al-Anon meetings in the context of a complete recovery programme.  The literature supplements the digital, online and face-to-face meetings where Al-Anon members share their insights and experiences with each other.

Pamphlets are a good way to get quick tips on aspects of the Al-Anon programme, short and sweet and to-the-point, they can be most helpful in times of crisis. 

Some books and pamphlets are printed in South Africa under licence from the Al-Anon World Service Office (WSO) which helps us to achieve a more affordable product.  The sale of literature is the main source of income for the South African General Service Office (GSO).  Special permission by WSO has also been granted allowing GSO SA to translate, print and distribute certain of the pamphlets into local languages.  These pamphlets are available from your Area office.

Books are most popular among members, especially our daily readers.  The best way to order a book is either from your Group librarian, by calling your Area office to order or. Those books which have codes (in brackets) that end in ‘ZA’, are books printed and sold in South Africa.

Our literature is now also available in our online Bookshop, please check that out.

Details of these books, as well as a catalogue of all books and pamphlets available, can be found on the WSO Members’ site.

Where does Conference Approved Literature (CAL) come from:

The following article gives background on where CAL comes from and explains how any member can contribute to CAL:

In the Loop” is a communication platform produced by WSO. It keeps members updated on what’s happening and what’s new.

Members can subscribe here to this tool which keeps them updated on what’s happening at WSO:

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Guidelines for the use of Conference Approved Literature (CAL)

Copyright of CAL and EMeetings
Permission CAL online form

To request prices or to purchase literature please contact your local Area Service Office

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