Al-Anon is a network of family support groups, which helps persons whose families are affected by alcoholism. These gatherings provided much-needed support and healing.
Al-Anon was founded in 1951 with the aim of providing support for those affected by alcohol abuse by loved ones. 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 an organization which supports itself through donations provided by members. The family of the addicts usually get tips on how they can help their loved ones and live comfortably with them.
The key activity of Al-Anon is to support its members - drunkards' relatives - by making them realize that they are not alone.
Alcoholism Being A Family Illness
The people close to the alcoholic person are also affected in one way or the other and Al-Anon seeks to help them also overcome the challenge they might be facing. It is integral for the alcoholic's recovery to have a family and friend support system around them.
Many family members are known to blame themselves for the drinking problem of their loved one, and in many cases do not understand why the recovery of their loved one is a priority. Meetings deal with these issues and make members understand that alcoholism is a family illness.
Alateen- Al-Anon For Teenagers
Besides, Al-Anon has a group named Alateen organized specially for young people whose family member suffers from alcoholism.
Young people are permitted to meet with others of their own age at these meetings, making the experiences more similar and advantageous.
The Advantages Of Al-Anon Group
The people in the group are struggling like you or are going through what you are experiencing as a victim of alcoholism. Despite every individual being different Al-Anon commonly had interrelated experiences within their struggles. The main benefit of Al-Anon is having an opportunity to find and talk with individuals who's had similar experiences. Al-Anon meetings are held all over the country. Give us a call on 0800 772 3971 to assist you find one close by you.
What You Should Anticipate From A Meeting
Al-Anon gatherings are friends and family members of alcoholic addicts. You just need to identify whether the alcoholism of a particular individual is concerning you and make it known it is affecting your lifestyle, and rest assured that Al-Anon can provide the assistance you need.
Since they are sure what will happen, some people don't feel free to go to the first meeting. The following are some of the key things to know when you are coming for the meetings:
First and foremost, attending Al-Anon is anonymous
Everyone in that room is affected one way or another by the alcoholism of a friend or family member
Getting things off your chest is one way of recovery encouraged in this group although it is not mandatory
Different Types Of Meetings Are Held For Everyone
Some may be more beneficial for you than others.
Al-Anon is by no means a religious organization
Al-Anon meetings follow the 12 Step program
Al -Anon meetings permit attendees to "take what they like and leave the rest", being conducted under a mantra. The members get to go about their own personal experiences.
Every meeting begins with the reading of Al-Anon's twelve-step program. The Alcoholics Anonymous started the 12 step recovery program that is being used in the Al-Anon meetings. Members of Al-Anon can take help from a sponsor who can assist them to work through the steps and is available for any support needed during hardships of any kind just as the case is with Alcoholics Anonymous. These stages are:
We did admit we were powerless over alcoholism, that our lives became unmanageable indeed.
Members can learn to accept alcoholism as a disease which they cannot control in others.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Trying to change a person that has been affected by alcoholism can be a huge task and lead to breakdown.
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.
Learning to let go is a primary step in the program and acceptance.
Made a searching and a fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
This is where the journey of self-discovery begins.
They then come up with how they have been affected by the condition and what they might have done to hurt others or themselves.
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to others human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
This is an examination of every item within the moral inventory of the member and will allow them to delve into every problem.
We are entirely prepared to have god remove all these defects of character.
This is an important step because it comes after accepting in full that the recovery process is supported by a greater power.
Humbly ask him to remove our shortcomings.
This part of the 12 steps provides members with the assistance needed to understand how they may have been exercising control or being judgmental towards an addict and how these actions are counterproductive.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Mostly, doing changes begins with yourself.
Most people believe they caused their loved one to start drinking.
These people had better be willing to forgive and make amends to themselves.
Made amends to such people directly where feasible, except for the cases when doing so is likely to hurt 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.
It takes some period before you can complete the stages.
Even if the members have already completed their inventory, missteps are normal.
Step 10 provides a recognition that this is an ongoing process.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Self acceptance is the major key to all the stages of recovery.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
The last step is a realization that the members journey has not finished.
It is a support group and members get to assist other members get through the whole process.
Learning About The Higher Power
Members do have an acceptance of a higher power, even though Al-Anon is not a religious program. Every member has their own religion affiliation. Members of all religions and beliefs are accepted at Al-Anon and none is coerced to change their beliefs.