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Al-Anon, Nar-Anon and AA Abbreviations


Al-Anon, Nar-Anon and AA Abbreviations

Al-Anon, Nar-Anon and AA Abbreviations
for Chat Rooms, Groups and Bulletin Boards


People who attend Al-Anon, Nar-Anon and AA often use abbreviations to simplify their conversations and to make typing quicker and easier when they are posting online. Have you found yourself trying to read some of these posts and thought you were reading a foreign language or secret code? You are not alone!

This post will make things a little easier. We have listed some abbreviations and terms that are specific to recovery chat rooms/boards:

A or The A: the alcoholic in my life

AA: Alcoholics Anonymous

ABF or AGF: alcoholic boy friend or girlfriend

AFG: Al-Anon Family Groups

AH or AW: alcoholic husband or wife

Active A: an alcoholic who is still drinking alcohol

Big Book: refers to the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

CAL: Conference Approved Literature, writings that have been approved by the WSO

C2C or CTC: courage to change

CLOSED MEETING: a meeting of AA or Al-Anon that is only to be attended by members who qualify for either AA or Al-anon

CROSSTALK: During an Al-anon meeting cross talking is speaking when
someone else has the floor and is sharing.  It is also cross talking
when, after another member shares, someone shares and comments directly
about what the other person’s share was about and directs it to that
person.  Both of these things are generally discouraged at Al-anon meetings
because it disrupts the meeting, takes away the anonymity of the
person’s share and can also become “advice giving” which is also discouraged
in Al-anon.

DRY DRUNK: refers to an alcoholic who is no longer drinking alcohol but who is still exhibiting a lot of the negative behaviors associated with the drinking

ESH: experience, strength and hope

FTF or F2F: a Face-to-Face meeting; real world meetings

HALT: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired

JADE: Justify, Argue, Defend, Explain

MIP: Miracles in Progress

ODAAT: one day at a time

OPEN MEETING: a meeting of AA or Al-Anon that may be attended by anyone who is interested.

Q-tip: Quit taking it personally

TYFS OR TFS: Thank you for sharing

WSO: World Service Organization Al-Anons headquarters

If someone puts your nickname in parenthesis (((((nickname))))) that means they are giving you a cyber hug!



Raising the bottom ~by Joe Herzanek

A recovering addict’s taste of tough love! (for the loved ones of the addict)

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