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For Unity’s Sake

For Unity’s Sake After often struggling for years with the isolation that is one of the effects of living with alcoholism, we learn in Al-Anon that there is strength in numbers, and that we don’t have to be alone unless we want to be. Unity, the second of our three Legacies, is an important spiritual principle of the Al-Anon program.

Chapter Two, “Unity as a path to progress,” from the book Many Voices, One Journey (B-31) describes how the various disparate “family groups” in existence at the time united in 1951 under the name “Al-Anon Family Groups.” With one name, one purpose, and one version of the Twelve Steps, these pioneers unified the groups, with the belief that a wider community of shared recovery would strengthen their groups as well as their personal recovery.