The Brief 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.
Al-Anon was founded in 1951 as an organization for providing support to friends and relatives of drunkards. Lois Wilson, well-known simply as Lois W, whose husband launched Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), laid the foundation of Al-Anon organization 16 years after AA was established. Lois W sort to help others suffering at the hands of alcoholics like herself. Al-Anon is an organization which supports itself through donations provided by 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 Affecting The Whole Family
Since it has a deleterious influence on both the drinker and those around them, Al-anon treats the disease of alcoholism as a family illness. A clear-cut system of friends and family members support is an integral part of recovery from alcoholism.
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- 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.
Such meetings allow youngsters to meet with others of the same age, making their experience more relatable and efficient.
The Advantages Of Al-Anon Group
Members benefit from Al-Anon because they are introduced to many people and families who suffer from alcoholism. All members have worked through some issues though the details may differ. 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. Call us on 0800 246 1509 to help you find one near you.
What You Can Expect From A Meeting
If you know someone who is an alcoholic, then Al-Anon is the best place for you. 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. Here are some things to remember when considering whether to attend a meeting
- First and foremost, attending Al-Anon is anonymous
- Whether personally or through a family member, everyone in each meeting has been impacted by alcoholism
- No One is made to speak about their problem or discuss it, just encouraged to
- There Are Several Kinds Of Meetings
- There are meetings where you may not be helped but someone else might be.
- There is no religious base for Al-Anon
- Al-Anon meetings follow the 12 Step program
Al-Anon meetings are carried out under a slogan that encourages all attendees to "take only what they like, leaving the rest." 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
Every meeting begins with the reading of Al-Anon's twelve-step program. The Alcoholics Anonymous started the 12 step recovery program that is being used in the Al-Anon meetings. Al-Anon members start with a sponsor who assists them work through the steps and who is ready for help in times of difficulty, mostly similar to AA. The steps are as follows
- We admit that we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
- This is the point where alcoholism recognised as a conditioner that has affected them all.
- 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 resolution to turn our lives and our will over to the care of God in a way we perceived Him.
- Accepting the condition and seeking help is the best way of solving it.
- Made a searching and a 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.
- Writing each problem enables them to examine them one by one.
- We are entirely prepared to have god remove all these defects of character.
- Spiritual help is recognised as one way through which they can be helped.
- calmly begged Him to remove our drawbacks.
- In this stage, the members get to assess how their presence or activities could have affected the addicts negatively.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- The road to recovery is a personal effort.
- Lots of people tend to blame themselves for addiction of their significant others.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Ten acknowledges that this is a permanent 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 personal, spiritual step that involves acceptance and comfort amongst the anxiety of recovery.
- Having experienced a spiritual awakening thanks to these steps, we tried to spread the word to other people, and to always practice these principles.
- The last step is a realization that the members journey has not finished.
- Members are then motivated to assist other members with what they have learned.
Recognising The Higher Power
Members do have an acceptance of a higher power, even though Al-Anon is not a religious program. However, the notion of "higher power" can be interpreted depending on one's personal beliefs. Al-Anon does not interfere with a member's religious convictions.