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August 2021

This edition reminds us that alcoholism is a family illness, but also that it is a family recovery and the importance of letting our family in, to be a part of our sobriety journey.

Welcome to our August Roundabout.

This edition reminds us that alcoholism is a family illness, but also that it is a family recovery and the importance of letting our family in, to be a part of our sobriety journey. For some people, our stories can tell of the devastating effects that our drinking had on those friends and family members around us, but happily in some cases, we also get to share the moments we’ve experienced as our loved ones came back to us and helped create new memories and sometimes even asked us for help. I used to hear the phrase ‘life beyond your wildest dreams’ when I first came in and wasn’t able to imagine what that was. Now I know - it’s being able to be a useful member of my family, being able to be relied upon and to be the responsible one when required. I can ‘step up’ now when I’m called.

Our lives can be full of regret when we first arrive in AA. Time spent thinking about our past actions and those we hurt along the way can become all-consuming, but AA teaches us to acknowledge our wrongs and make amends to those we have hurt. Part of my own story involved bringing AA into my home and my family, letting those that also needed to recover from me and my actions be a part of the solution and the Fellowship. AA was and is very kind to my family and I’ll be forever grateful.

We are currently recruiting for a couple of vacancies. We need an Assistant Editor for Roundabout (see page 2 for more details) and a Fellowship and Calendar Diary Editor (see page 20 for further information). Both posts are a fantastic way to give back and do service. Please contact our Trustee if you would like further information. Both posts are a fantastic way to give back to AA and do service, please contact our Trustee if you would like further information as per the adverts.

Please consider writing an article for Roundabout because we rely on your contributions to produce this valuable piece of AA literature. For some, this is their ‘meeting in print’ or depending on individual situations it may be their first contact with AA or the one story that makes the still suffering alcoholic get back into the Fellowship.

Assistant Editor

August 2021 Roundabout issue cover

2 Sub-Committee Notice Board – Vacancies

3 Editorial

4 Extract From AA Literature

6 Family Illness, Family Recovery

7 The Ability To Love, And Be Loved

8 The Family Afterwards

10 A Beautiful Sobriety Bonus

12 Looking At Your Whole Life

i-iv AA Conference Approved Books

13 The Roundabout Interview

18 A Matter Of Pride

20 Sub-Committee Notice Board - Vacancies

21 Sub-Committee Notice Board - 2021 Themes

22 That Was The Week That Was

23 Subscribe To Roundabout

24 The Twelve Concepts Of World Service

 

 

The Family Afterwards

A while before I began to get the AA message my two children had become young adults, left home and started independent lives.

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Family Illness, Family Recovery

After the breakdown of my marriage and the ultimate divorce I became a weekend father.

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