Al-Anon is a network of family support groups, which helps persons whose families are affected by alcoholism. The aim of these groups is to be recuperative and curative.
Al- Anon is a support organization for the friends and family members of problem drinkers, founded in 1951. Al-Anon was founded by Lois Wilson, also called Lois W, 16 years after her husband founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). 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 an organization self-supported through member donations. Meetings are available to assist family members and friends of alcoholics adjust and better serve their loved ones, even if their loved ones have not recovered.
The key activity of Al-Anon is to support its members - drunkards' relatives - by making them realize that they are not alone.
Alcoholism Being A Family Illness
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.
Helping the addict recuperate should be the main concern of the family members and the friends. Meetings deal with these issues and make members understand that alcoholism is a family illness.
Alateen- Al-Anon Groups For Teens
A particular group called Alateen assists young people impacted by alcoholism in their family is also run by Al-Anon.
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.
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. The main advantage of Al-Anon is searching people who have had similar experiences to talk to. There are Al-Anon meetings all across the nation. Contact us on 0800 772 3971 for assistance in locating a group near you.
What Happens During The Meetings
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.
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, which is highly essential
Everyone in that room is affected one way or another by the alcoholism of a friend or family member
While members are encouraged to speak up and discuss their problem, they are under no obligation to do so
There Are Several Kinds Of Meetings
You may find some more beneficial to you than others.
This group is not affiliated to any religion
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." The members get to go about their own personal experiences.
As a rule, group meetings begin with reading of Al Anon 12 Step program. Adapted, from the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, these steps are nearly straight sword. Members of Al-Anon can take help from a sponsor who can assist them to work through the steps and is available for any support needed during hardships of any kind just as the case is with Alcoholics Anonymous. The 12 Steps are as follows:
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
The members learn how to accept alcohol addiction as an illness, which they cannot control if somebody else suffers from it.
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.
After they admit they are powerless, they learn how to accept that they can be helped to regain their sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Learning to let go is a primary step in the program and acceptance.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
This is where the journey of self-discovery begins.
Attendees have the option of creating a list of how they could have wronged themselves or their loved ones with examples like threats issued, Etc.
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
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 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.
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.
The road to recovery is a personal effort.
Many people blame themselves for their addiction of their loved one.
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.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Passing through these twelve Steps is a time-consuming process.
Even if the members have already completed their inventory, missteps are normal.
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 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.
It is a support group and members get to assist other members get through the whole process.
A Greater Understanding Of 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 gladly accepts members from all religious traditions and denominations; nobody is forced to alter their beliefs here.