Getting To Know More About Al-Anon
If there is a person that you know who is an alcoholic and needs help, Al-Anon is one of the most effective groups of helping the achieve that. Groups like these have been formed with the sole aim of being beneficial and therapeutic to such families.
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. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the first alcoholic support group that was started by the husband of Lois Wilson who went on to later start her own support group, Al-Anon. 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 self-supported through member donations. 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.
Providing support to family members by making them understand that they are not alone in this struggle is the primary focus of Al-Anon.
Alcoholism Is A Family Illness
Al-Anon recognizes that alcoholism affects everyone in the family not just the addicted member. For an alcoholic to recover, they need the support of friends and family.
Sometimes alcoholics' family members blame themselves for their loved one's' drinking habits; they also may not fully understand why recovery should be their relative's priority. Meetings deal with these issues and make members understand that alcoholism is a family illness.
Alateen- Al-Anon Meetings Intended For Teenagers
Teens are also affected by alcoholism and that is why Alateen was formed within Al-Anon to help them.
Teens get to associate with each other and share experiences of how alcoholism has affected them.
Why Join An Al-Anon Group
Al-Anon members benefit by being introduced to other people and families who have suffered from alcoholism. All are different, yet Al- Anon members have all had similar experiences in their struggles. Al-Anon provides a key benefit and that is to help people finding others who have had similar experiences to talk about. These meetings are widespread all over the country. Give us a call on 0800 246 1509 to assist you find one close by you.
What Happens During The Meetings
If you know someone who is an alcoholic, then Al-Anon is the best place for you. Al-Anon can assist you if you are anxious about someone's drinking habit or if their lifestyle affects you personally.
People always fear the unknown, and so the first meeting at Al-Anon is bound to be a challenge. Here are some things to remember when considering whether to attend a meeting:
- Al-Anon is a group that is unidentified
- 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
- Different Types Of Meetings Are Held For Everyone
- There are meetings where you may not be helped but someone else might be.
- Al-Anon is not an organization which is based on any religion
- Meetings are focused on Al-Anon 12 step program
Al-Anon meetings are carried out under a slogan that encourages all attendees to "take only what they like, leaving the rest." Based on this formula the meetings concentrate on the sharing of experiences and the hardships of the attendees rather than giving them any instructions about what they should do.
The 12 Parts Of Al-Anon
Every meeting begins with the reading of Al-Anon's twelve-step program. Adapted, from the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, these steps are nearly straight sword. An Al-Anon member is required to take on a sponsor who will help them work through the program and provide support when needed. These steps are:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
- This is the point where alcoholism recognised as a conditioner that has affected them all.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Pretty often members try to change or control their significant others and drive themselves to the verge.
- They understand to accept that they can revert to sanity, after acknowledging they are powerless.
- Made a resolution to turn our lives and our will over to the care of God in a way we perceived 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.
- A list of how they may have offended themselves or their loved ones (such as with threats) is made by attendees.
- 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.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Spiritual help is recognised as one way through which they can be helped.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- 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.
- Mostly, doing changes begins with yourself.
- Many people blame themselves for their addiction of their loved one.
- They must learn to forgive and make it right for themselves.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Working on the steps of recovery and help after forgiving yourself is the next step.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- It takes some period before you can complete the stages.
- Members are ready with an inventory, yet making an error is common.
- It s usually a duration and this is outlined by stage 10.
- 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.
- This is a step that is personal and spiritual to encompass acceptance and comfort amid the stress 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.
- This stage appreciates the fact that the process is long and doesnt end after a while.
- It is a support group and members get to assist other members get through the whole process.
Learning About The Higher Power
Despite Al-Anon not being a religious program of any kind, the members within do have an acceptance of a greater power. The "higher power" or God is according to each person's perception of whom they consider Him to be. Al-Anon is open to members of all religions and beliefs and accepts them with a commitment that no one will be forced to alter his or her belief.