The Story 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. These gatherings provided much-needed support and healing.
Al-Anon was founded in 1951 as an organization for providing support to friends and relatives of drunkards. 16 years after Bill W founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon was founded by Lois W. his wife and Anne B. Dealing with the difficulties of providing support to a recovering alcoholic during her life, she decided to create an organization for people similar to her. Al-Anon is an organization which supports itself through donations provided by members. There are meetings available through the assistance of family members and friends of alcoholics to cope with and better serve the interests of their loved ones even if they are in different stages of recovery.
Alcoholism Affecting The Whole Family
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. Important to the alcoholic's recovery is the friend and family support system.
Helping the addict recuperate should be the main concern of the family members and the friends. During the Al-Anon gathering, people are educated about taking alcoholism not as a one person problem but as a joint issue in the family.
Alateen- Al-Anon For Teenagers
Al-Anon is also home for a group which is identified as Alateen and is catering to youngsters that are affected by alcoholism within their family.
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.
Reasons To Partake In An Al-Anon Group
Members benefit from Al-Anon because they are introduced to many people and families who suffer from alcoholism. 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 246 1509 for assistance in locating a group near you.
What You Can Expect From A Meeting
The meetings held by Al-Anon are open to any individual who could be affected by the alcoholism of another individual. Contact an Al-Anon group near you if you are concerned about someone who is drinking more than they should or who is making your life stressful because of their drinking.
The outcomes of these meetings is what scares some people from coming. Certain things to remember when considering attending a meeting
- Al-Anon is a group that is unidentified
- All the members of this group have had an encounter with an alcoholic in their lives
- Getting things off your chest is one way of recovery encouraged in this group although it is not mandatory
- These Meetings Are Of Different Types
- There are meetings where you may not be helped but someone else might be.
- Al-Anon is by no means a religious organization
- The meetings are concentrating on the 12-step program which has been designed by Al-Anon
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 12 Steps
Usually, meetings start with someone reading from the 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. These stages are
- We admit that we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Al-Anon members are taught that alcoholism is a disease they cannot cure in another person.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Members frequently motivate themselves to the brink by trying to reform or control their loved one.
- The members then recognise the fact that there is a solution out there for them.
- Made a resolution to turn our lives and our will over to the care of God in a way we perceived Him.
- It is important that members learn to let go.
- Carry out a thorough and undaunted moral inventory of ourselves.
- A huge part of the steps are self-discovery, and this is the beginning of the procedure.
- 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.
- 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 step allows the member to off-load his recovery to someone greater and bigger than themselves to handle.
- 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 be willing to make amends with them.
- Usually, making up for the wrongs done begins with oneself.
- Most people believe they caused their loved one to start drinking.
- 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.
- After you are willing to make amends, the following step is to act on it.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Going through the 12 steps is a process which will take time.
- There is also a possibility for relapse when trying to recover in the program.
- Step 10 provides a recognition that this is an ongoing 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 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 members journey has not finished.
- 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. However, the notion of "higher power" can be interpreted depending on one's personal beliefs. Members of all religions and beliefs are accepted at Al-Anon and none is coerced to change their beliefs.