The Story Of Al-Anon
If there is a person that you know who is an alcoholic and needs help, Al-Anon is one of the most effective groups of helping the achieve that. 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. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the first alcoholic support group that was started by the husband of Lois Wilson who went on to later start her own support group, Al-Anon. Lois W sort to help others suffering at the hands of alcoholics like herself. Al-Anon is an organization self-supported through member donations. Support groups meetings help alcoholics' family members and friends to cope with the situation and treat their loved ones better, even if they haven't recovered yet.
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.
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. 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 Is 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.
Young people are permitted to meet with others of their own age at these meetings, making the experiences more similar and advantageous.
The Advantages Of Al-Anon Group
Members of Al-Anon benefit from being introduced to a number of people and families who could have suffered from the problem of alcoholism. All members have worked through some issues though the details may differ. The main advantage of Al-Anon is searching people who have had similar experiences to talk to. These meetings are widespread all over the country. There is always an Al-Anon program near you and you just need to get in touch with us on 0800 772 3971 .
Expectations For A Meeting
For anyone who is affected by someone else's drinking, Al- Anon meetings are for those. 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.
People always fear the unknown, and so the first meeting at Al-Anon is bound to be a challenge. The following are some of the key things to know when you are coming for the meetings
- First and foremost, attending Al-Anon is anonymous
- Whether personally or through a family member, everyone in each meeting has been impacted by alcoholism
- No One is made to speak about their problem or discuss it, just encouraged to
- Meetings Offered Can Vary
- Some of them may be more effective for you than other ones.
- There is no religious base for Al-Anon
- These meetings are focused on the 12 Step program by Al-Anon
The meetings conducted by Al-Anon have a simple formula which gives the attendees the option of taking what they prefer and leaving behind the rest. Thus, meetings put an increased focus on talking about experiences and hardships rather than telling attendees what to do.
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The 12 Parts Of Al-Anon
The recovery stages are outlined before the meeting starts. These twelve steps are an abridged, almost verbatim, quote from the same-name program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Al-Anon members start with a sponsor who assists them work through the steps and who is ready for help in times of difficulty, mostly similar to AA. 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.
- Pretty often members try to change or control their significant others and drive themselves to the verge.
- 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.
- Made a searching and a fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- This is where the journey of self-discovery begins.
- The group members write down a list of the instances when they may have been unfair to themselves or their significant others (for example, threats).
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Writing each problem enables them to examine them one by one.
- Were entirely ready 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.
- Members are assisted by this part of the 12 Steps to understand how they may have been dominating or judgmental toward an addict and how that is counterproductive.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 step that is personal and spiritual to encompass acceptance and comfort amid the stress 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.
- Step 12 involves the member acknowledging the story has not ended.
- Members are then motivated to assist other members with what they have learned.
Learning About The Higher Power
Although Al-Anon's program is not a religious one, members do experience insights into higher power. The term "higher power" is, however, open to interpretation according to the personal beliefs of individuals. Al-Anon gladly accepts members from all religious traditions and denominations; nobody is forced to alter their beliefs here.