The Story 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.
Al-Anon was founded in 1951 with the aim of providing support for those affected by alcohol abuse by loved ones. This organization was founded by Lois Wilson, who is also popular by the name of Lois W and Al Anon came into being 16 years after the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous [AA] by her husband. 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 a self-supported organization which exists thanks to financial contributions from members. The family of the addicts usually get tips on how they can help their loved ones and live comfortably with them.
To assist members by having them understand they aren't alone in their struggle, is the principal target of Al-Anon.
Alcoholism Is A Family Illness
Al-Anon considers the problem of alcoholism as a family illness because of the negative impact it has both on the alcoholic and the people surrounding them. It is integral for the alcoholic's recovery to have a family and friend support system around them.
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 Is Al-Anon 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.
The Benefits Of Attending An Al-Anon Group
Members benefit from Al-Anon because they are introduced to many people and families who suffer from alcoholism. All are different, yet Al- Anon members have all had similar experiences in their struggles. The main benefit of Al-Anon is having an opportunity to find and talk with individuals who's had similar experiences. There are Al-Anon meetings all across the nation. Phone us on 0800 246 1509 , and we'll help you find the one near you.
What You Should Anticipate From A Meeting
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. Here are some things to remember when considering whether to attend a meeting:
- Al-Anon is anonymous meaning you do not identify yourself in the meeting
- 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
- These Meetings Are Of Different Types
- Some may be more beneficial for you than others.
- This group is not affiliated to any religion
- The 12 recovery steps are followed in this group
Going to the meeting means that you accept the fact that there are matters discussed that will be of help to you or not. The shared stories, of experiences, hardships, and victories encourages members to know how to handle their experiences.
The 12 Stages Of Al-Anon
The recovery stages are outlined before the meeting starts. These 12 steps have been adapted from a similar program which is also implemented by 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. These steps are the following:
- We did admit we were powerless over alcoholism, that our lives became unmanageable indeed.
- Members can learn to accept alcoholism as a disease which they cannot control in others.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Trying to change a person that has been affected by alcoholism can be a huge task and lead to breakdown.
- They understand to accept that they can revert to sanity, after acknowledging they are powerless.
- 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 fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- This is where the journey of self-discovery begins.
- 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 another human being the exact nature of our wrong doings.
- 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.
- This is an important step because it comes after accepting in full that the recovery process is supported by a greater power.
- calmly begged Him to remove our drawbacks.
- This part of the 12 steps provides members with the assistance needed to understand how they may have been exercising control or being judgmental towards an addict and how these actions are counterproductive.
- 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.
- Sometimes it not always your fault a person is addicted.
- They must agree to pardon themselves and make amends.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- When you decide to make amends, Then follows the action of doing so.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- It takes some period before you can complete the stages.
- Even if the members have already completed their inventory, missteps are normal.
- Step 10 identifies this is an ongoing process.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious effort with god as we understood him praying only for the knowledge of his will and the power to carry that out.
- 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 members journey has not finished.
- It is a support group and members get to assist other members get through the whole process.
Knowledge Of Higher Power
Although Al-Anon's program is not a religious one, members do experience insights into higher power. Nevertheless, the term " higher power" is open to imply as one's own individual beliefs. Al-Anon does not interfere with a member's religious convictions.