Getting To Know More About Al-Anon
Al-Anon is support groups all over the world that where people affected by alcoholism in one way or another meet to share experiences and help each other. These gatherings provided much-needed support and healing.
Al Anon was founded in 1951 and is an organization which provides support to the friends and family members of people who are addicted to alcohol. Lois Wilson, well-known simply as Lois W, whose husband launched Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), laid the foundation of Al-Anon organization 16 years after AA was established. She herself faced the challenge of supporting a convalescent alcoholic, so, she created an organization aimed at people with the same problem. Al-Anon is a self-supported organization which exists thanks to financial contributions from members. There are meetings available through the assistance of family members and friends of alcoholics to cope with and better serve the interests of their loved ones even if they are in different stages of recovery.
To assist members by having them understand they aren't alone in their struggle, is the principal target of Al-Anon.
The Effects On A Family Due To Alcoholism
Al-Anon sees alcoholism as a family illness, because it negatively affects both the drinkers and people around them. The recovery process is a joint effort and the family members and other people close to the addict must be involved.
Some family members blame themselves for their loved one's drinking or may not realise why recovery is their loved one's primary concern. Support meetings can help deal about these issues in the best way while also making members understand that alcoholism should be treated as a family illness.
Alateen- Al-Anon Groups For Teens
A particular group called Alateen assists young people impacted by alcoholism in their family is also run by Al-Anon.
Young people are permitted to meet with others of their own age at these meetings, making the experiences more similar and advantageous.
Why Join An Al-Anon Group
Alcoholism has affected many people directly and indirectly and you will meet these people in this program. All members have worked through some issues though the details may differ. The main benefit of Al-Anon is having an opportunity to find and talk with individuals who's had similar experiences. There are Al-Anon meetings all across the nation. Give us a call on 0800 246 1509 to assist you find one close by you.
What You Can Expect From A Meeting
The meetings held by Al-Anon are open to any individual who could be affected by the alcoholism of another individual. Al-Anon can assist you if you are anxious about someone's drinking habit or if their lifestyle affects you personally.
Some of the attendees are reluctant to go to their first meeting because they do not know what to expect. When thinking of attending a meeting, some things should be kept in mind:
- Al-Anon is anonymous meaning you do not identify yourself in the meeting
- Every member from the organization has been affected by alcoholism regardless of whether it is a personal problem or through a family member
- You are not forced to talk or discuss your issues though it is encouraged
- These Meetings Are Of Different Types
- Some could be more productive for you than the others.
- This group is not affiliated to any religion
- Meetings are focused on Al-Anon 12 step program
The meetings conducted by Al-Anon have a simple formula which gives the attendees the option of taking what they prefer and leaving behind the rest. The members get to go about their own personal experiences.
Al-Anon And The 12 Stages
Every meeting begins with the reading of Al-Anon's twelve-step program. These twelve steps are an abridged, almost verbatim, quote from the same-name program of Alcoholics Anonymous. There is a person to hold your hand as you go through the different stages of help. These steps are the following:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Al-Anon members are taught that alcoholism is a disease they cannot cure in another person.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Members frequently motivate themselves to the brink by trying to reform or control their loved one.
- They understand to accept that they can revert to sanity, after acknowledging they are powerless.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Accepting the condition and seeking help is the best way of solving it.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Self-discovery is an essential component of the steps, and this is the start of that.
- They then come up with how they have been affected by the condition and what they might have done to hurt others or themselves.
- Have admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the true cause of our wrong doings.
- This is an examination of every item within the moral inventory of the member and will allow them to delve into every problem.
- Got fully ready to have God eliminate all the flaws of character.
- This is an important step because it comes after accepting in full that the recovery process is supported by a greater power.
- calmly begged Him to remove our drawbacks.
- When they reach This point, the member can realize the part they played by judging and trying to control their loved ones which could have driven them into more drinking.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Very often, righting a wrong starts with yourself.
- Sometimes it not always your fault a person is addicted.
- They must agree to pardon themselves and make amends.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- The next step is to take action, after you agree to make changes.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Going through the 12 steps is a process which will take time.
- Slipping up is quite normal despite members already having made an inventory.
- Step 10 identifies this is an ongoing process.
- Through prayer and meditation endeavoured to improve our conscious contact with God as we perceived Him, praying only for learning His will for us and the strength to do it.
- This is a step that is personal and spiritual to encompass acceptance and comfort amid the stress of recovery.
- Having experienced a spiritual awakening thanks to these steps, we tried to spread the word to other people, and to always practice these principles.
- The last step includes perception that the persons journey is not over yet.
- After this, group members are encouraged to support others by sharing what they have already learned.
Learning About The Higher Power
Members recognise there is a spiritual power that helps them to recover. Nevertheless, the term " higher power" is open to imply as one's own individual beliefs. Al-Anon gladly accepts members from all religious traditions and denominations; nobody is forced to alter their beliefs here.