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 aim of these groups is to be recuperative and curative.
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. 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. 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 self-supported through member donations. 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.
These groups help their members know there are others like them.
Alcoholism Affecting The Whole 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. A clear-cut system of friends and family members support is an integral part of recovery from alcoholism.
Some family members blame themselves for their loved one's drinking or may not realise why recovery is their loved one's primary concern. During the Al-Anon gathering, people are educated about taking alcoholism not as a one person problem but as a joint issue in the family.
Alateen- Al-Anon For Teenagers
Teens are also affected by alcoholism and that is why Alateen was formed within Al-Anon to help them.
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.
Al-Anon Group Advantages
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. Al-Anon provides a key benefit and that is to help people finding others who have had similar experiences to talk about. Al-Anon meetings are held all over the country. Contact us on 0800 772 3971 for assistance in locating a group near you.
What You Can Expect From A Meeting
Al-Anon gatherings are friends and family members of alcoholic addicts. If you are worried about somebody's heavy drinking or if the drunkard's lifestyle somehow affects your life , Al-Anon will help you.
The outcomes of these meetings is what scares some people from coming. 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
Everyone in that room is affected one way or another by the alcoholism of a friend or family member
You are not forced to talk or discuss your issues though it is encouraged
Meetings Offered Can Vary
Some of them may be more effective for you than other ones.
This group is not affiliated to any religion
The 12 recovery steps are followed in this group
Al -Anon meetings permit attendees to "take what they like and leave the rest", being conducted under a mantra. The shared stories, of experiences, hardships, and victories encourages members to know how to handle their 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. 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:
We admit that we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
The members learn how to accept alcohol addiction as an illness, which they cannot control if somebody else suffers from it.
Accepted that a Power greater than ourselves could bring back our mental health.
Pretty often members try to change or control their significant others and drive themselves to the verge.
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.
A key step to the program and acceptance of learning to let go.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Self-discovery is an essential component of the steps, and this is the start of that.
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.
Permitting them to dig into each issue, this is an examination of every thing in the members moral inventory.
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.
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 became willing to make amends to them all.
Very often, righting a wrong starts with yourself.
Most people believe they caused their loved one to start drinking.
These people had better be willing to forgive and make amends to themselves.
Made amends to such people directly where feasible, except for the cases when doing so is likely to hurt 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.
Even if the members have already completed their inventory, missteps are normal.
Step Ten acknowledges that this is a permanent process.
Through prayer and meditation endeavoured to improve our conscious contact with God as we perceived Him, praying only for learning His will for us and the strength to do it.
Self acceptance is the major key to all the stages 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.
The last step includes perception that the persons journey is not over yet.
Encouragement is provided to members to support other members with their education.
Knowledge Of Higher Power
Despite Al-Anon not being a religious program of any kind, the members within do have an acceptance of a greater power. The term "higher power" is, however, open to interpretation according to the personal beliefs of individuals. Members of all religions and beliefs are accepted at Al-Anon and none is coerced to change their beliefs.