Al-Anon Family Groups Service has played a major role part in my recovery. In my home group Howick-Pakuranga Al-Anon Family Group I had several roles, Hostess, Chair, Alternate Group Representative and then Group Representative. From there I went on to do service at Area level, Alternate Area Delegate and then Delegate for Area Seven. In this role I attended the New Zealand Service Conference as a trusted servant for my Area. I have been enthused and inspired to do service by those who have gone before me, and I wish to do my part to keep Al-Anon Family Groups alive and well for others who are yet to come.
After a break from Service (while still attending my weekly meeting), I am now on the NZ Al-Anon General Service Board as Treasurer. Since June 2012 this has been another big learning curve for me. It is inspiring working alongside the other Board members to manage the affairs of the NZ Al-Anon General Services.
The Board is responsible for the legal and financial responsibilities and acts as a custodian of the traditions and guarantor of prudent management of the NZ Al-Anon General Service Office.
Al-Anon Service has helped me to grow in my understanding of Al-Anon Family Group principles. At Board level we continually refer to the Legacies and especially the Concepts, to make sure we follow them in all our dealings. The Traditions are referred to when dealing with others, and are a guide as to what to do (or not) in a situation.
I do follow the Steps and Traditions myself as I analyse my own behaviour – what went wrong, what I wouldn’t do again as I try to stick to the Al-Anon Family Groups program. In service, I have to be aware that people will not always agree with my opinion, but if we use principles above personalities to do what is best for Al-Anon Family Groups, things do work themselves out.
Al-Anon Family Groups has given me my confidence and self-esteem back. I really had to do service to progress in my recovery and to get better.
I know I will never graduate from Al-Anon Family Groups and the program does work if I work at it! I can see my Al-Anon road stretching ahead into the distance, (it does not have the many curves and unknown corners that it used to), but I need to keep on that road forever…
Thank You Al-Anon