History Of Al-Anon
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 goal of theses groups is to be advantageous and therapeutic.
Many alcoholics have overcome this condition thanks to the help they get from Al-Anon which is a support group that started 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. 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. The meetings aim to help members cope with and know how to support and help their loved ones fighting alcoholism.
The Effects On A Family Due To Alcoholism
Al-Anon recognizes that alcoholism affects everyone in the family not just the addicted member. 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. These problems are handled by meetings and members are assisted to understand alcoholism as a family illness.
Alateen- Al-Anon Meetings Intended 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.
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.
The Benefits Of Attending An Al-Anon Group
Alcoholism has affected many people directly and indirectly and you will meet these people in this program. The best part about this program is that you can all relate with the same issue. With this program, you get to share experiences with people who have faced situations similar to yours. These meetings are widespread all over the country. There is always an Al-Anon program near you and you just need to get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509 .
What You Should Anticipate From A Meeting
The meetings held by Al-Anon are open to any individual who could be affected by the alcoholism of another individual. If you are worried about somebody's heavy drinking or if the drunkard's lifestyle somehow affects your life , Al-Anon will help you.
A number of people are not certain about what they can expect and are therefore, hesitant to attend their first meeting. What you must remember when you attend an Al-Anon meeting
- First and foremost, attending Al-Anon is anonymous
- 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
- Different Types Of Meetings Are Held For Everyone
- You may find some more beneficial to you than others.
- Al-Anon is not based on any religion
- Al-Anon meetings follow the 12 Step program
Going to the meeting means that you accept the fact that there are matters discussed that will be of help to you or not. Thus, meetings put an increased focus on talking about experiences and hardships rather than telling attendees what to do.
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Al-Anon And The 12 Stages
Usually, meetings start with someone reading from the 12 step program. These twelve steps are an abridged, almost verbatim, quote from the same-name program of Alcoholics Anonymous. 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
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
- 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.
- members also learn they are driving themselves crazy by trying to change or control another person.
- When they understand they cannot do anything to change their loved one, people are now able to accept they can relax and let go for their peace of mind.
- 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.
- Self-discovery is an essential component of the steps, and this is the start of that.
- The group members write down a list of the instances when they may have been unfair to themselves or their significant others (for example, threats).
- Admitted to god, to ourselves and to other human being the precise nature of our wrongs.
- Thats a study of each listing in the group members moral inventory, which enables them to delve into each problem.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- This is an important step because it comes after accepting in full that the recovery process is supported by a greater 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 became willing to make amends to them all.
- Usually, making up for the wrongs done begins with oneself.
- Most people believe they caused their loved one to start drinking.
- They must learn to forgive and make it right for themselves.
- 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.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- It takes some period before you can complete the stages.
- Slipping up is quite normal despite members already having made an inventory.
- 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 taking personal spiritual responsibility and surrender so as to start healing.
- 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.
- Members are then motivated to assist other members with what they have learned.
Recognising 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. Members of all religions and beliefs are accepted at Al-Anon and none is coerced to change their beliefs.