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 and is an organization which provides support to the friends and family members of people who are addicted to alcohol. 16 years after Bill W founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon was founded by Lois W. his wife and Anne B. The group was started for the sole purpose of assisting alcoholic family members recover which was something she was facing in her life. Al-Anon is an organization which supports itself through donations provided by members. The meetings aim to help members cope with and know how to support and help their loved ones fighting alcoholism.
The key activity of Al-Anon is to support its members - drunkards' relatives - by making them realize that they are not alone.
Alcoholism Affecting A Family
Al-Anon sees alcoholism as a family illness, because it negatively affects both the drinkers and people around them. 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 For Teenagers
The youth are also affected by alcoholism in their family, so Al-Anon has formed a wing to help the youngsters called Al-teen.
Young people are permitted to meet with others of their own age at these meetings, making the experiences more similar and advantageous.
The Benefits Of Attending 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 advantage of Al-Anon is searching people who have had similar experiences to talk to. There are Al-Anon meetings all across the nation. Phone us on 0800 772 3971 , and we'll help you find the one near you.
Expectations For A Meeting
The meetings held by Al-Anon are open to any individual who could be affected by the alcoholism of another individual. 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.
Some of the attendees are reluctant to go to their first meeting because they do not know what to expect. Certain things to remember when considering attending a meeting:
Al-Anon is anonymous meaning you do not identify yourself in the meeting
All the members of this group have had an encounter with an alcoholic in their lives
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.
Al-Anon is not an organization which is based on any religion
The 12 recovery steps are followed in this group
Al-Anon meetings are carried out under a slogan that encourages all attendees to "take only what they like, leaving the rest." The shared stories, of experiences, hardships, and victories encourages members to know how to handle their experiences.
As a rule, group meetings begin with reading of Al Anon 12 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.
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.
After admitting that they are powerless they begin to understand the fact that they can be brought back to sanity.
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 a fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Identifying that your life is being affected by alcoholism is one way of getting the best help.
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 another 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.
This step is highly essential as it is the complete acceptance of the recovery process supported by a Higher Power.
calmly begged Him to remove our drawbacks.
In this stage, the members get to assess how their presence or activities could have affected the addicts negatively.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed and be willing to make amends with them.
Most often making amends begins with yourself.
Sometimes it not always your fault a person is addicted.
They must be willing and prepared to forgive themselves and to make amends.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
After you are willing to make amends, the following step is to act on it.
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.
Though a member made a list of things they did wrong, sometimes you may find yourself repeating some things.
It s usually a duration and this is outlined by stage 10.
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 experienced a spiritual awakening thanks to these steps, we tried to spread the word to other people, and to always practice these principles.
Step 12 involves the member acknowledging the story has not ended.
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. Every member has their own religion affiliation. Al-Anon gladly accepts members from all religious traditions and denominations; nobody is forced to alter their beliefs here.