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.
Many alcoholics have overcome this condition thanks to the help they get from Al-Anon which is a support group that started in 1951. This organization was founded by Lois Wilson, who is also popular by the name of Lois W and Al Anon came into being 16 years after the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous [AA] by her husband. Lois W sort to help others suffering at the hands of alcoholics like herself. Al-Anon is a self-supported organization which exists thanks to financial contributions from members. The meetings aim to help members cope with and know how to support and help their loved ones fighting alcoholism.
These groups help their members know there are others like them.
Alcoholism Affecting A Family
Al-Anon considers the problem of alcoholism as a family illness because of the negative impact it has both on the alcoholic and the people surrounding them. For an alcoholic to recover, they need the support of friends and family.
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. These problems are handled by meetings and members are assisted to understand alcoholism as 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.
Young people are permitted to meet with others of their own age at these meetings, making the experiences more similar and advantageous.
Reasons To Partake In An Al-Anon Group
Members of Al-Anon benefit from being introduced to a number of people and families who could have suffered from the problem of alcoholism. People are different, although, Al-Anon members have all had similar experiences with their struggles. Al-Anon provides a key benefit and that is to help people finding others who have had similar experiences to talk about. There are Al-Anon meetings all across the nation. Give us a call on 0800 772 3971 to assist you find one close by you.
Expectations For A Meeting
If you know someone who is an alcoholic, then Al-Anon is the best place for you. 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. 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
Whether personally or through a family member, everyone in each meeting has been impacted by alcoholism
While members are encouraged to speak up and discuss their problem, they are under no obligation to do so
These Meetings Are Of Different Types
Some could be more productive for you than the others.
Al-Anon is by no means a religious organization
The 12 recovery steps are followed in this group
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. These twelve steps are an abridged, almost verbatim, quote from the same-name program of Alcoholics Anonymous. 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 stages are:
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
Members learn to accept alcoholism as a disease they cannot control in others.
Accepted that a Power greater than ourselves could bring back our mental health.
Trying to change a person that has been affected by alcoholism can be a huge task and lead to breakdown.
The members then recognise the fact that there is a solution out there for them.
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.
Carry out a thorough and undaunted moral inventory of ourselves.
Self-discovery plays a huge role in making the steps; and this is its beginning.
The group members write down a list of the instances when they may have been unfair to themselves or their significant others (for example, threats).
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Writing each problem enables them to examine them one by one.
Were entirely ready 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.
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.
Most often making amends begins with yourself.
Lots of people tend to blame themselves for addiction of their significant others.
They must learn to forgive and make it right for themselves.
Made amends to such people directly where feasible, except for the cases when doing so is likely to hurt 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.
Going through the 12 Steps is a process that takes time.
Slipping up is quite normal despite members already having made an inventory.
Step Ten acknowledges that this is a permanent process.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious effort with god as we understood him praying only for the knowledge of his will and the power to carry that out.
This step is a personal, spiritual one; it comprises acceptance and comfort in view of the great 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.
The last step includes perception that the persons journey is not over yet.
They are encouraged with support to use what they have learned to assist others.
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. However, the notion of "higher power" can be interpreted depending on one's personal beliefs. Al-Anon gladly accepts members from all religious traditions and denominations; nobody is forced to alter their beliefs here.