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. This kind of a support group is after assisting people overcome their addiction to alcohol.
Al- Anon is a support organization for the friends and family members of problem drinkers, founded in 1951. 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. Dealing with the difficulties of providing support to a recovering alcoholic during her life, she decided to create an organization for people similar to her. 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.
Alcoholism Being A Family Illness
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. 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 For Teenagers
Besides, Al-Anon has a group named Alateen organized specially for young people whose family member suffers from alcoholism.
Such meetings allow youngsters to meet with others of the same age, making their experience more relatable and efficient.
Reasons To Partake In An Al-Anon Group
Members benefit from Al-Anon because they are introduced to many people and families who suffer from alcoholism. 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 246 1509 to assist you find one close by you.
What You Should Anticipate From A Meeting
If you know someone who is an alcoholic, then Al-Anon is the best place for you. If you are worried about somebody's heavy drinking or if the drunkard's lifestyle somehow affects your life , Al-Anon will help you.
Since they are sure what will happen, some people don't feel free to go to the first meeting. When thinking of attending a meeting, some things should be kept in mind
- Al-Anon is anonymous, which is highly essential
- All the members of this group have had an encounter with an alcoholic in their lives
- You are not forced to talk or discuss your issues though it is encouraged
- There Are Several Kinds Of Meetings
- Some of them may be more effective for you than other ones.
- Al-Anon is not based on 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." Thus, meetings put an increased focus on talking about experiences and hardships rather than telling attendees what to do.
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The 12 Stages Of Al-Anon
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. There is a person to hold your hand as you go through the different stages of help. These steps are
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
- This is the point where alcoholism recognised as a conditioner that has affected them all.
- 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.
- They understand to accept that they can revert to sanity, after acknowledging they are powerless.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- It is important that members learn to let go.
- Made a searching and a 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 another human being the exact nature of our wrong doings.
- This is an examination of every item within the moral inventory of the member and will allow them to delve into every problem.
- Got fully ready to have God eliminate all the flaws 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.
- 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 be willing to make amends with them.
- Very often, righting a wrong starts with yourself.
- 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 direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when 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.
- To complete 12 Steps takes time.
- Slipping up is quite normal despite members already having made an inventory.
- 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.
- This step is a personal, spiritual one; it comprises acceptance and comfort in view of the great 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.
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. However, the notion of "higher power" can be interpreted depending on one's personal beliefs. Al-Anon does not interfere with a member's religious convictions.