History Of Al-Anon
A family of support groups for people that have been affected by the problem of alcoholism within their family is identified as Al-Anon. 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. 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. 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.
Alcoholism Affecting The Whole Family
Al-Anon sees alcoholism as a family illness, because it negatively affects both the drinkers and people around them. A clear-cut system of friends and family members support is an integral part of recovery from alcoholism.
Sometimes alcoholics' family members blame themselves for their loved one's' drinking habits; they also may not fully understand why recovery should be their relative's 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 Meetings Intended 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.
Al-Anon Group Advantages
The people in the group are struggling like you or are going through what you are experiencing as a victim of alcoholism. 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. There are Al-Anon meetings all across the nation. Call us on 0800 772 3971 to help you find one near you.
The Results Of These Meetings
Al-Anon meetings are open for anybody who is affected by someone else's drinking habit. If you are worried about somebody's heavy drinking or if the drunkard's lifestyle somehow affects your life , Al-Anon will help you.
Since they are sure what will happen, some people don't feel free to go to the 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
- Every member from the organization has been affected by alcoholism regardless of whether it is a personal problem or through a family member
- While members are encouraged to speak up and discuss their problem, they are under no obligation to do so
- These Meetings Are Of Different Types
- Some may be more beneficial for you than others.
- This group is not affiliated to any religion
- Meetings are focused on Al-Anon 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.
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Al-Anon And The Twelve Steps
As a rule, group meetings begin with reading of Al Anon 12 Step program. The 12 steps were adapted from the AA 12 Step program. There is a person to hold your hand as you go through the different stages of help. 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.
- 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.
- After admitting that they are powerless they begin to understand the fact that they can be brought back to 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.
- Carry out a thorough and undaunted moral inventory of ourselves.
- Self-discovery is an essential component of the steps, and this is the start of that.
- They then come up with how they have been affected by the condition and what they might have done to hurt others or themselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- This is an examination of every item within the moral inventory of the member and will allow them to delve into every problem.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- This is a very important step, as it is the complete acceptance of the process of recovery supported by a Higher Power.
- calmly begged Him to remove our drawbacks.
- 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.
- Mostly, doing changes begins with yourself.
- Many people blame themselves for their loved ones addiction.
- 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.
- 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.
- It takes some period before you can complete the stages.
- There is also a possibility for relapse when trying to recover in the program.
- Step Ten acknowledges that this is a permanent 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.
- Self acceptance is the major key to all the stages 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 is a realization that the journey of the member is not over.
- They are encouraged with support to use what they have learned to assist others.
A Greater Understanding Of The 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. Every member has their own religion affiliation. Al-Anon gladly accepts members from all religious traditions and denominations; nobody is forced to alter their beliefs here.