History Of Al-Anon
Al-Anon is a network of family support groups, which helps persons whose families are affected by alcoholism. Groups like these have been formed with the sole aim of being beneficial and therapeutic to such families.
Many alcoholics have overcome this condition thanks to the help they get from Al-Anon which is a support group that started in 1951. Al-Anon was founded by Lois Wilson, also called Lois W, 16 years after her husband founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The group was started for the sole purpose of assisting alcoholic family members recover which was something she was facing in her life. Al-Anon is an organization which supports itself through donations provided by members. 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.
Alcoholism Being A Family Illness
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. The recovery process is a joint effort and the family members and other people close to the addict must be involved.
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. Meetings deal with these issues and make members understand that alcoholism is a family illness.
Alateen- Al-Anon Meetings For Teenagers
Teens are also affected by alcoholism and that is why Alateen was formed within Al-Anon to help them.
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. Give us a call on 0800 246 1509 to assist you find one close by you.
What Happens During The Meetings
Al-Anon gatherings are friends and family members of alcoholic addicts. 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.
Some of the attendees are reluctant to go to their first meeting because they do not know what to expect. What you must remember when you attend an Al-Anon meeting
- Al-Anon is a group that is unidentified
- Everyone in that room is affected one way or another by the alcoholism of a friend or family member
- You are not forced to talk or discuss your issues though it is encouraged
- There Are Several Kinds Of Meetings
- You may find some more beneficial to you than others.
- Al-Anon is not an organization which is based on 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." 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.
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Al-Anon And The Twelve Steps
Every meeting begins with the reading of Al-Anon's twelve-step program. These twelve steps are an abridged, almost verbatim, quote from the same-name program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Similarly to AA, Al-Anon members rely on a facilitator who guides them through the steps and who is always ready to support when the going gets tough. The 12 Steps are as follows
- We did admit we were powerless over alcoholism, that our lives became unmanageable indeed.
- The members learn how to accept alcohol addiction as an illness, which they cannot control if somebody else suffers from it.
- Accepted that a Power greater than ourselves could bring back our mental health.
- members also learn they are driving themselves crazy by trying to change or control another person.
- The members then recognise the fact that there is a solution out there for them.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Learning how to forgive is an extremely important step of the program, together with acceptance.
- Made a searching and a fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Identifying that your life is being affected by alcoholism is one way of getting the best help.
- 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 others human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Thats a study of each listing in the group members moral inventory, which enables them to delve into each problem.
- 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.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- 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.
- Very often, righting a wrong starts with yourself.
- Many people blame themselves for their loved ones addiction.
- They must be willing and prepared to forgive themselves and to make amends.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible unless to do so would injure them or others.
- As soon as you are ready to make amends, the next step is actually to do it.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Going through the 12 Steps is a process that takes time.
- Even if the members have already completed their inventory, missteps are normal.
- 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 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.
- This stage appreciates the fact that the process is long and doesnt end after a while.
- Members are then motivated to assist other members with what they have learned.
Knowledge Of Higher Power
Members recognise there is a spiritual power that helps them to recover. The "higher power" or God is according to each person's perception of whom they consider Him to be. All religions are well represented and no one is forced to change to another religion.