The Brief History Of Al-Anon
If there is a person that you know who is an alcoholic and needs help, Al-Anon is one of the most effective groups of helping the achieve that. Groups like these have been formed with the sole aim of being beneficial and therapeutic to such families.
Al-Anon was founded in 1951 as an organization for providing support to friends and relatives of drunkards. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the first alcoholic support group that was started by the husband of Lois Wilson who went on to later start her own support group, Al-Anon. 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 which supports itself through donations provided by members. 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.
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 Is A Family Illness
Al-Anon sees alcoholism as a family illness, because it negatively affects both the drinkers and people around them. The recovery process is a joint effort and the family members and other people close to the addict must be involved.
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. 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 Meetings For Teenagers
The youth are also affected by alcoholism in their family, so Al-Anon has formed a wing to help the youngsters called Al-teen.
During the Al-teen meetings, the youth meet with their peers and share experiences and support each other at their level.
Why Join An Al-Anon Group
Alcoholism has affected many people directly and indirectly and you will meet these people in this program. Despite every individual being different Al-Anon commonly had interrelated experiences within their struggles. 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. Phone us on 0800 246 1509 , and we'll help you find the one near you.
What You Can Expect From A Meeting
The meetings held by Al-Anon are open to any individual who could be affected by the alcoholism of another individual. You can get all the help required if you are being affected by the drinking behaviour of a person you know.
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, which is highly essential
- 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 made to speak about their problem or discuss it, just encouraged to
- There Are Several Kinds Of Meetings
- Some may be more beneficial for you than others.
- Al-Anon is by no means a religious organization
- These meetings are focused on the 12 Step program by Al-Anon
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. Thus, meetings put an increased focus on talking about experiences and hardships rather than telling attendees what to do.
The 12 Parts 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. An Al-Anon member is required to take on a sponsor who will help them work through the program and provide support when needed. These steps are the following:
- We did admit we were powerless over alcoholism, that our lives became unmanageable indeed.
- Members can learn to accept alcoholism as a disease which they cannot control in others.
- 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.
- 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.
- Accepting the condition and seeking help is the best way of solving it.
- 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.
- They then come up with how they have been affected by the condition and what they might have done to hurt others or themselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrong doings.
- 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.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- This part of the 12 steps provides members with the assistance needed to understand how they may have been exercising control or being judgmental towards an addict and how these actions are counterproductive.
- Drew up a list of all people we had harmed, and became willing to right a wrong for them all.
- Mostly, doing changes begins with yourself.
- Lots of people tend to blame themselves for addiction of their significant others.
- They must agree to pardon themselves and 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.
- Going through the 12 Steps is a process that takes time.
- Slipping up is quite normal despite members already having made an inventory.
- Step 10 provides a recognition that this is an ongoing 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.
- This is a personal, spiritual step that involves acceptance and comfort amongst the anxiety 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.
- Encouragement is provided to members to support other members with their education.
Learning About The Higher Power
Members recognise there is a spiritual power that helps them to recover. 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.