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. Groups like these have been formed with the sole aim of being beneficial and therapeutic to such families.
Al Anon was founded in 1951 and is an organization which provides support to the friends and family members of people who are addicted to alcohol. 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. She formed an organization for people similar to her, after confronting the hardships of assisting a recovering alcoholic in her own life. Financial contributions are done by the members of the group itself which keep it running. The meetings aim to help members cope with and know how to support and help their loved ones fighting alcoholism.
These groups help their members know there are others like them.
Alcoholism Affecting A Family
Al-Anon sees alcoholism as a family illness, because it negatively affects both the drinkers and people around them. For an alcoholic to recover, they need the support of friends and family.
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. 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- Al-Anon Groups For Teens
Teens are also affected by alcoholism and that is why Alateen was formed within Al-Anon to help them.
Young people are permitted to meet with others of their own age at these meetings, making the experiences more similar and advantageous.
The Advantages Of 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. The main benefit of Al-Anon is having an opportunity to find and talk with individuals who's had similar experiences. Al-Anon meetings are held all over the country. Phone us on 0800 772 3971 , and we'll help you find the one near you.
What You Should Anticipate From A Meeting
If you know someone who is an alcoholic, then Al-Anon is the best place for you. Al-Anon can assist you if you are anxious about someone's drinking habit or if their lifestyle affects you personally.
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 anonymous meaning you do not identify yourself in the meeting
Everybody present in each meeting has faced the problem of alcoholism, either personally or has a family member suffering from it
No one is subject to talk about or discuss their issue, but it is encouraged
These Meetings Are Of Different Types
Some could be more productive for you than the others.
Al-Anon is not based on any religion
These meetings are focused on the 12 Step program by Al-Anon
The Al-Anon meetings work on the "take what you like and leave the rest" philosophy 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.
Every meeting begins with the reading of Al-Anon's twelve-step program. The 12 steps were adapted from the AA 12 Step program. 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.
Pretty often members try to change or control their significant others and drive themselves to the verge.
They understand to accept that they can revert to sanity, after acknowledging they are powerless.
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.
Carry out a thorough and undaunted moral inventory of ourselves.
This is where the journey of self-discovery begins.
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 another human being the exact nature of our wrong doings.
Writing each problem enables them to examine them one by one.
Got fully ready to have God eliminate all the flaws 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 twelve step process helps people realize how controlling or judgmental they have been towards an alcoholic and how counterproductive it is.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Very often, righting a wrong starts with yourself.
Sometimes it not always your fault a person is addicted.
These people had better be willing to forgive and make amends to themselves.
Made amends to such people directly where feasible, except for the cases when doing so is likely to hurt them or others.
As soon as you are ready to make amends, the next step is actually to do it.
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.
Slipping up is quite normal despite members already having made an inventory.
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 step is a personal, spiritual one; it comprises acceptance and comfort in view of the great 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.
After this, group members are encouraged to support others by sharing what they have already learned.
Recognising The Higher Power
Despite Al-Anon not being a religious program of any kind, the members within do have an acceptance of a greater power. The "higher power" or God is according to each person's perception of whom they consider Him to be. Al-Anon is open to members of all religions and beliefs and accepts them with a commitment that no one will be forced to alter his or her belief.