The Story Of Al-Anon
Al-Anon is a network of family support groups, which helps persons whose families are affected by alcoholism. The goal of theses groups is to be advantageous and therapeutic.
Al-Anon was founded in 1951 as an organization for providing support to friends and relatives of drunkards. 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. 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. Support groups meetings help alcoholics' family members and friends to cope with the situation and treat their loved ones better, even if they haven't recovered yet.
The fight against alcoholism is a joint undertaking and that is the objective of this support group.
Alcoholism Being A Family Illness
Since it has a deleterious influence on both the drinker and those around them, Al-anon treats the disease of alcoholism as a family illness. It is integral for the alcoholic's recovery to have a family and friend support system around them.
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. Meetings deal with these issues and make members understand that alcoholism is a family illness.
Alateen Is Al-Anon For Teenagers
A particular group called Alateen assists young people impacted by alcoholism in their family is also run by Al-Anon.
During the Al-teen meetings, the youth meet with their peers and share experiences and support each other at their level.
The Advantages Of Al-Anon Group
Al-Anon members benefit by being introduced to other people and families who have suffered from alcoholism. Despite every individual being different Al-Anon commonly had interrelated experiences within their struggles. The main advantage of Al-Anon is searching people who have had similar experiences to talk to. Al-Anon meetings are held throughout the nation. Phone us on 0800 246 1509 , and we'll help you find the one near you.
What You Should Anticipate From A Meeting
Al-Anon meetings are open for anybody who is affected by someone else's drinking habit. Contact an Al-Anon group near you if you are concerned about someone who is drinking more than they should or who is making your life stressful because of their drinking.
Since they are sure what will happen, some people don't feel free to go to the first meeting. Here are some things to remember when considering whether to attend a meeting:
- First and foremost, attending Al-Anon is anonymous
- All the members of this group have had an encounter with an alcoholic in their lives
- Getting things off your chest is one way of recovery encouraged in this group although it is not mandatory
- The Meetings Usually Vary
- Some may be more beneficial for you than others.
- Al-Anon is by no means a religious organization
- The 12 recovery steps are followed in this group
Al-Anon meetings are carried out under a slogan that encourages all attendees to "take only what they like, leaving the rest." The members get to go about their own personal experiences.
The 12 Parts Of Al-Anon
Every meeting begins with the reading of Al-Anon's twelve-step program. These twelve steps are an abridged, almost verbatim, quote from the same-name program of Alcoholics Anonymous. 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.
- 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.
- Pretty often members try to change or control their significant others and drive themselves to the verge.
- 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.
- Learning to let go is a primary step in the program and acceptance.
- Carry out a thorough and undaunted moral inventory of ourselves.
- Self-discovery plays a huge role in making the steps; and this is its beginning.
- 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 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 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.
- 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.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed and be willing to make amends with them.
- Usually, making up for the wrongs done begins with oneself.
- 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.
- Working on the steps of recovery and help after forgiving yourself is the next step.
- Went on making personal inventory and each time we were wrong, we admitted it at once.
- Going through the 12 Steps is a process that takes time.
- Even if the members have already completed their inventory, missteps are normal.
- It s usually a duration and this is outlined by stage 10.
- 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 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 includes perception that the persons journey is not over yet.
- It is a support group and members get to assist other members get through the whole process.
Knowledge Of Higher Power
Although Al-Anon's program is not a religious one, members do experience insights into higher power. Nevertheless, the term " higher power" is open to imply as one's own individual beliefs. All religions are well represented and no one is forced to change to another religion.