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. The goal of theses groups is to be advantageous and therapeutic.
Al-Anon was founded in 1951 with the aim of providing support for those affected by alcohol abuse by loved ones. 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 an organization self-supported through member donations. The meetings aim to help members cope with and know how to support and help their loved ones fighting alcoholism.
Providing support to family members by making them understand that they are not alone in this struggle is the primary focus of Al-Anon.
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. The recovery process is a joint effort and the family members and other people close to the addict must be involved.
Lack of understanding the cause of their loved one's drinking problem makes family members suffer self-condemnation and also not know how to deal with the problem. These problems are handled by meetings and members are assisted to understand alcoholism as a family illness.
Alateen Is Al-Anon For Teenagers
Besides, Al-Anon has a group named Alateen organized specially for young people whose family member suffers from alcoholism.
Teens get to associate with each other and share experiences of how alcoholism has affected them.
Al-Anon Group Advantages
Alcoholism has affected many people directly and indirectly and you will meet these people in this program. The best part about this program is that you can all relate with the same issue. 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. Give us a call on 0800 772 3971 to assist you find one close by you.
The Results Of These Meetings
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.
The outcomes of these meetings is what scares some people from coming. Here are some things to remember when considering whether to attend a meeting:
Al-Anon is anonymous meaning you do not identify yourself in the meeting
Every member from the organization has been affected by alcoholism regardless of whether it is a personal problem or through a family member
No one is subject to talk about or discuss their issue, but it is encouraged
Meetings Offered Can 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. 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. Adapted, from the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, these steps are nearly straight sword. 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 admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
Al-Anon members are taught that alcoholism is a disease they cannot cure in another person.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Members often drive themselves to the brink in an attempt to change or control their loved one.
When they understand they cannot do anything to change their loved one, people are now able to accept they can relax and let go for their peace of mind.
Made a resolution to turn our lives and our will over to the care of God in a way we perceived Him.
Learning how to forgive is an extremely important step of the program, together with 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.
Attendees have the option of creating a list of how they could have wronged themselves or their loved ones with examples like threats issued, Etc.
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.
We are entirely prepared to have god remove all these defects of character.
This step allows the member to off-load his recovery to someone greater and bigger than themselves to handle.
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.
Drew up a list of all people we had harmed, and became willing to right a wrong for them all.
Most often making amends begins with yourself.
Most people believe they caused their loved one to start drinking.
Personal acceptance and pardoning is also a way to getting help.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
When you decide to make amends, Then follows the action of doing so.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Passing through these twelve Steps is a time-consuming process.
Even if the members have already completed their inventory, missteps are normal.
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.
This stage appreciates the fact that the process is long and doesnt end after a while.
It is a support group and members get to assist other members get through the whole process.
A Greater Understanding Of The Higher Power
Although Al-Anon's program is not a religious one, members do experience insights into higher power. The "higher power" or God is according to each person's perception of whom they consider Him to be. Al-Anon gladly accepts members from all religious traditions and denominations; nobody is forced to alter their beliefs here.