History Of Al-Anon
A family of support groups for people that have been affected by the problem of alcoholism within their family is identified as Al-Anon. The goal of theses groups is to be advantageous and therapeutic.
Al- Anon is a support organization for the friends and family members of problem drinkers, founded in 1951. 16 years after Bill W founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon was founded by Lois W. his wife and Anne B. She formed an organization for people similar to her, after confronting the hardships of assisting a recovering alcoholic in her own life. Al-Anon is a self-supported organization which exists thanks to financial contributions from members. 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.
Alcoholism Being A Family Illness
Al-Anon sees alcoholism as a family illness, because it negatively affects both the drinkers and people around them. Important to the alcoholic's recovery is the friend and family support system.
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. Meetings deal with these issues and make members understand that alcoholism is a family illness.
Alateen- Al-Anon Groups For Teens
A particular group called Alateen assists young people impacted by alcoholism in their family is also run by Al-Anon.
Such meetings allow youngsters to meet with others of the same age, making their experience more relatable and efficient.
Why Join An Al-Anon Group
The people in the group are struggling like you or are going through what you are experiencing as a victim of alcoholism. Despite every individual being different Al-Anon commonly had interrelated experiences within their struggles. With this program, you get to share experiences with people who have faced situations similar to yours. There are Al-Anon meetings available all across our country. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 for assistance in locating a group near you.
Expectations For A Meeting
Al-Anon meetings are open for anybody who is affected by someone else's drinking habit. You just need to identify whether the alcoholism of a particular individual is concerning you and make it known it is affecting your lifestyle, and rest assured that Al-Anon can provide the assistance you need.
People always fear the unknown, and so the first meeting at Al-Anon is bound to be a challenge. Certain things to remember when considering attending a meeting
- Al-Anon is anonymous, which is highly essential
- Whether personally or through a family member, everyone in each meeting has been impacted by alcoholism
- While members are encouraged to speak up and discuss their problem, they are under no obligation to do so
- These Meetings Are Of Different Types
- There are meetings where you may not be helped but someone else might be.
- This group is not affiliated to any religion
- 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. Based on this formula the meetings concentrate on the sharing of experiences and the hardships of the attendees rather than giving them any instructions about what they should 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. The Alcoholics Anonymous started the 12 step recovery program that is being used in the Al-Anon meetings. There is a person to hold your hand as you go through the different stages of help. The 12 Steps are as follows
- We admit that we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Members learn to accept alcoholism as a disease they cannot control in others.
- 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.
- After they admit they are powerless, they learn how to accept that they can be helped to regain their 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.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Self-discovery plays a huge role in making the steps; and this is its beginning.
- 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.
- Got fully ready to have God eliminate all the flaws of character.
- This step allows the member to off-load his recovery to someone greater and bigger than themselves to handle.
- Humbly ask 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 be willing to make amends with them.
- Very often, righting a wrong starts with yourself.
- Many people blame themselves for their loved ones addiction.
- They must be willing and prepared to forgive themselves and to make amends.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible unless to do so would injure them or others.
- The next step is to take action, after you agree to make changes.
- Went on making personal inventory and each time we were wrong, we admitted it at once.
- Passing through these twelve Steps is a time-consuming process.
- There is also a possibility for relapse when trying to recover in the program.
- Step 10 identifies 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 the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
- This stage appreciates the fact that the process is long and doesnt end after a while.
- Members are then motivated to assist other members with what they have learned.
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. All religions are well represented and no one is forced to change to another religion.