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Welcome to this official website for the "CAL Chat" podcast – the show where we discuss our favorite Al-Anon and Alateen Conference Approved Literature and how it has improved our lives!  You can also visit my "CAL Chat" blog at, get literature updates at the recently launched​@CALChatFan1, (as well as on "X" - formerly​CALChatFan) and see recovery literature in a new way at​CALChatFan1,​CALChatFan, and the "CAL Chat Podcast" YouTube Channel.

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Dec 14, 2016

In part 4 of 4 (of Episode 6), the conversation continues with Nancy about her favorite Alateen literature and how being an AMIAS (Al-Anon Member Involved In Alateen Service) is her way of giving back.  She explains the requirements to become an Alateen Group Sponsor and shares an innovative way an Alateen Group...

Dec 14, 2016

Nancy’s pick of literature to use for outreach purposes is "How Al-Anon Works" (B-22 for hardcover, eA-22 for the audiobook version, eB-22 for the electronic version, and B-32 for softcover) in Episode 6’s part 3 of 4.  She highlights the slogan “Think” (page 71), “Lois’ Story” (pages 152-155), and how...

Dec 14, 2016

Find out, in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 6), what "As We Understood" (B-11) was the first Conference Approved book to do in Al-Anon’s history.  We talk about misconceptions about the book and the goal of learning something every day no matter how small.  Nancy shares how important choices are, dealing with change, and she...

Dec 14, 2016

Can I fire my Higher Power?  What is a "Meeting on Wheels?"  What is not allowed in recovery literature when bringing it into jails?  In part 1 of 4 of Episode 6, Nancy talks about her favorite book "As We Understood" (B-11) and shares how its positive uplifting take on our program has kept her using it.  In particular,...

Nov 11, 2016

In part 4 of 4 (of Episode 5), the conversation continues with Theresa about other Conference Approved Literature that is available for parents and how CAL is not like other self-help/recovery literature.  Lastly, find out why her favorite outreach piece, "Parents of Alcoholics" (R-18), may not be around much longer!