The Brief History Of Al-Anon
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. Al-Anon was founded by Lois Wilson, also called Lois W, 16 years after her husband founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). 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 a self-supported organization which exists thanks to financial contributions from 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. 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. Support meetings can help deal about these issues in the best way while also making members understand that alcoholism should be treated as a family illness.
Alateen- Al-Anon Meetings Intended For Teenagers
A particular group called Alateen assists young people impacted by alcoholism in their family is also run by Al-Anon.
The meetings held by Alateen help youngsters to meet with individuals within their age group in order to make their experiences more beneficial and interrelated.
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 are different, yet Al- Anon members have all had similar experiences in their struggles. The main advantage of Al-Anon is searching people who have had similar experiences to talk to. 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
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
- Al-Anon is anonymous meaning you do not identify yourself in the meeting
- Everybody present in each meeting has faced the problem of alcoholism, either personally or has a family member suffering from it
- 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.
- This group is not affiliated to any religion
- These meetings are focused on the 12 Step program by Al-Anon
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.
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Al-Anon 12 Steps
The recovery stages are outlined before the meeting starts. Adapted, from the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, these steps are nearly straight sword. Similarly to AA, Al-Anon members rely on a facilitator who guides them through the steps and who is always ready to support when the going gets tough. 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 decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- A key step to the program and acceptance of learning to let go.
- Carry out a thorough and undaunted 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 other human being the precise 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 is a very important step, as it is the complete acceptance of the process of recovery supported by a Higher 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.
- Drew up a list of all people we had harmed, and became willing to right a wrong for them all.
- The road to recovery is a personal effort.
- Many people blame themselves for their addiction of their loved one.
- They must be willing and prepared to forgive themselves and to make amends.
- 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.
- Members are ready with an inventory, yet making an error is common.
- 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 step that is personal and spiritual to encompass acceptance and comfort amid the stress of recovery.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in our affairs.
- The last step is a realization that the journey of the member is not over.
- They are encouraged with support to use what they have learned to assist others.
What Is Higher Power
Members recognise there is a spiritual power that helps them to recover. 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.