Lois Wilson, founder of Al-Anon and wife of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson, gives this 1966 talk from her home (known by the nickname “Stepping Stones”) in Bedford Hills, NY. The Wilsons moved to Stepping Stones in 1941, and it is considered the birthplace of Al-Anon.

Al-Anon offers help to the loved ones of alcoholics. This recovery audio is a wonderful piece of AA and Al-Anon history, and the man who introduces Lois dubs her “the first lady of Al-Anon.” When Lois takes the microphone, she introduces several women, the pioneers of the fellowship.

Lois tells stories of the early days of both AA and Al-Alanon. “For five years, there was no book and no literature,” she says, speaking of AA. “Meetings were held in our homes.” She goes on to say that as the wives waited for their husbands to finish with their meeting, the women began to discuss their own troubles and solutions. “Little groups of wives and families started to meet while the boys had their meetings,” she recalls.

“In these early Al-Anon meetings, we would tell our own experiences and what Al-Anon has done for us, just like the AAs do.  And we sought to help other families…. But we’ve just barely started to scratch the surface.” 

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