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. This kind of a support group is after assisting people overcome their addiction to alcohol.
Many alcoholics have overcome this condition thanks to the help they get from Al-Anon which is a support group that started in 1951. Al-Anon was founded by Lois Wilson, also called Lois W, 16 years after her husband founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The group was started for the sole purpose of assisting alcoholic family members recover which was something she was facing in her life. Financial contributions are done by the members of the group itself which keep it running. 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 Is A Family Illness
The people close to the alcoholic person are also affected in one way or the other and Al-Anon seeks to help them also overcome the challenge they might be facing. For an alcoholic to recover, they need the support of friends and family.
Some family members blame themselves for their loved one's drinking or may not realise why recovery is their loved one's primary concern. The Al-Anon group meetings help bring these issues to light and teach members how to deal with alcoholism as it affects the whole family.
Alateen Is Al-Anon For Teenagers
Besides, Al-Anon has a group named Alateen organized specially for young people whose family member suffers from alcoholism.
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
Al-Anon members benefit by being introduced to other people and families who have suffered from alcoholism. All are different, yet Al- Anon members have all had similar experiences in their struggles. The main advantage of Al-Anon is searching people who have had similar experiences to talk to. Al-Anon meetings are held all over the country. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 for assistance in locating a group near you.
What You Can Expect From A Meeting
Al-Anon meetings are open for anybody who is affected by someone else's drinking habit. You can get all the help required if you are being affected by the drinking behaviour of a person you know.
A number of people are not certain about what they can expect and are therefore, hesitant to attend their first meeting. Certain things to remember when considering attending a meeting
- Al-Anon is an anonymous group, and this can be considered as extremely important
- All the members of this group have had an encounter with an alcoholic in their lives
- You are not forced to talk or discuss your issues though it is encouraged
- There Are Several Kinds Of Meetings
- Some of them may be more effective for you than other ones.
- There is no religious base for Al-Anon
- Al-Anon meetings follow the 12 Step program
Al -Anon meetings permit attendees to "take what they like and leave the rest", being conducted under a mantra. In this way, instead of telling attendees what they should do, meetings target on exchanging experiences and difficulties.
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Al-Anon And The 12 Stages
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 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.
- They understand to accept that they can revert to sanity, after acknowledging they are powerless.
- Made a resolution to turn our lives and our will over to the care of God in a way we perceived Him.
- Learning how to forgive is an extremely important step of the program, together with acceptance.
- Made a searching and a fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Identifying that your life is being affected by alcoholism is one way of getting the best help.
- 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 others human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Writing each problem enables them to examine them one by one.
- 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 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 became willing to make amends to them all.
- Most often making amends begins with yourself.
- Most people believe they caused their loved one to start drinking.
- They must be willing and prepared to forgive themselves and to make amends.
- 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.
- Going through the 12 Steps is a process that takes time.
- Though a member made a list of things they did wrong, sometimes you may find yourself repeating some things.
- Step 10 makes this clear that the process takes long.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious effort with god as we understood him praying only for the knowledge of his will 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 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.
Knowledge Of Higher Power
Members of Al-Anon believe there is a "higher power' greater than themselves even though the group is not affiliated with any religion. 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.