The Story Of Al-Anon
A family of support groups for people who have been affected by alcoholism in their family is Al-Anon. This kind of a support group is after assisting people overcome their addiction to alcohol.
Al-Anon was founded in 1951 as an organization for providing support to friends and relatives of drunkards. Al-Anon was founded by Lois Wilson, also called Lois W, 16 years after her husband founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Lois W sort to help others suffering at the hands of alcoholics like herself. Al-Anon is an organization which supports itself through donations provided by members. Meetings are available to assist family members and friends of alcoholics adjust and better serve their loved ones, even if their loved ones have not recovered.
The Effects On A Family Due To Alcoholism
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. A clear-cut system of friends and family members support is an integral part of recovery from alcoholism.
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. The Al-Anon group meetings help bring these issues to light and teach members how to deal with alcoholism as it affects the whole family.
Alateen Is Al-Anon For Teenagers
Al-Anon is also home for a group which is identified as Alateen and is catering to youngsters that are affected by alcoholism within their family.
Teens get to associate with each other and share experiences of how alcoholism has affected them.
Al-Anon Group Advantages
The people in the group are struggling like you or are going through what you are experiencing as a victim of alcoholism. All are different, yet Al- Anon members have all had similar experiences in their struggles. With this program, you get to share experiences with people who have faced situations similar to yours. Al-Anon meetings are held all over the country. Phone us on 0800 246 1509 , and we'll help you find the one near you.
What You Should Anticipate From A Meeting
For anyone who is affected by someone else's drinking, Al- Anon meetings are for those. 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.
The outcomes of these meetings is what scares some people from coming. The following are some of the key things to know when you are coming for the meetings
- Al-Anon is anonymous meaning you do not identify yourself in the meeting
- 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
- The Meetings Usually Vary
- There are meetings where you may not be helped but someone else might be.
- There is no religious base for Al-Anon
- The 12 recovery steps are followed in this group
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. In this way, instead of telling attendees what they should do, meetings target on exchanging experiences and difficulties.
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Al-Anon And The Twelve Steps
Most meetings begin with a reading of Al Anon 12 Step program. The Alcoholics Anonymous started the 12 step recovery program that is being used in the Al-Anon meetings. Al-Anon members start with a sponsor who assists them work through the steps and who is ready for help in times of difficulty, mostly similar to AA. These steps 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.
- Accepted that a Power greater than ourselves could bring back our mental health.
- Members often drive themselves to the brink in an attempt to change or control their loved one.
- After they admit they are powerless, they learn how to accept that they can be helped to regain their sanity.
- Made a resolution to turn our lives and our will over to the care of God in a way we perceived Him.
- It is important that members learn to let go.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- This is where the journey of self-discovery begins.
- 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.
- Then follows going through the list one item at a time and dealing with each.
- 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 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.
- Usually, making up for the wrongs done begins with oneself.
- Lots of people tend to blame themselves for addiction of their significant others.
- They must agree to pardon themselves and make amends.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible unless to do so would injure them or others.
- As soon as you are ready to make amends, the next step is actually to do it.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Going through the 12 Steps is a process that takes time.
- There is also a possibility for relapse when trying to recover in the program.
- 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.
- This is a personal, spiritual step that involves acceptance and comfort amongst the anxiety 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.
- This stage appreciates the fact that the process is long and doesnt end after a while.
- After this, group members are encouraged to support others by sharing what they have already learned.
Knowledge Of Higher Power
Members do have an acceptance of a higher power, even though Al-Anon is not a religious program. The term "higher power" is, however, open to interpretation according to the personal beliefs of individuals. Al-Anon gladly accepts members from all religious traditions and denominations; nobody is forced to alter their beliefs here.