Al-Anon is support groups all over the world that where people affected by alcoholism in one way or another meet to share experiences and help each other. 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. Lois Wilson, well-known simply as Lois W, whose husband launched Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), laid the foundation of Al-Anon organization 16 years after AA was established. 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 thrives through the contributions of its members. 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.
The fight against alcoholism is a joint undertaking and that is the objective of this support group.
The Effects On A Family Due To Alcoholism
Al-Anon sees alcoholism as a family illness, because it negatively affects both the drinkers and people around them. The recovery process is a joint effort and the family members and other people close to the addict must be involved.
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- Al-Anon For Teenagers
Besides, Al-Anon has a group named Alateen organized specially for young people whose family member suffers from alcoholism.
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 Advantages Of Al-Anon Group
Al-Anon members benefit by being introduced to other people and families who have suffered from alcoholism. The best part about this program is that you can all relate with the same issue. Being with people who understand your struggles and whom you can talk to is a big plus. These meetings are widespread all over the country. Call us on 0800 772 3971 to help you find one near you.
What You Can Expect From A Meeting
The meetings held by Al-Anon are open to any individual who could be affected by the alcoholism of another individual. 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. What you must remember when you attend an Al-Anon meeting:
Al-Anon is anonymous, which is highly essential
All the members of this group have had an encounter with an alcoholic in their lives
No One is made to speak about their problem or discuss it, just encouraged to
The Meetings Usually Vary
Some may be more beneficial for you than others.
This group is not affiliated to any religion
Meetings are focused on Al-Anon 12 step program
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. 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. The steps are as follows:
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.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
members also learn they are driving themselves crazy by trying to change or control another person.
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.
Learning to let go is a primary step in the program and acceptance.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
A huge part of the steps are self-discovery, and this is the beginning of the procedure.
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.
Thats a study of each listing in the group members moral inventory, which enables them to delve into each problem.
We are entirely prepared 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.
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Members are assisted by this part of the 12 Steps to understand how they may have been dominating or judgmental toward an addict and how that is counterproductive.
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.
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.
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.
To complete 12 Steps takes time.
Though a member made a list of things they did wrong, sometimes you may find yourself repeating some things.
Step Ten acknowledges that this is a permanent 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.
Self acceptance is the major key to all the stages 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 is a realization that the journey of the member is not over.
Encouragement is provided to members to support other members with their education.
Learning About The Higher Power
Although Al-Anon's program is not a religious one, members do experience insights into higher power. 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.