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. The aim of these groups is to be recuperative and curative.
Al- Anon is a support organization for the friends and family members of problem drinkers, founded 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. 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 Being 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. For an alcoholic to recover, they need the support of friends and family.
Some family members blame themselves for their loved one's drinking or may not realise why recovery is their loved one's primary concern. Support meetings can help deal about these issues in the best way while also making members understand that alcoholism should be treated as a family illness.
Alateen- Al-Anon Meetings For Teenagers
The youth are also affected by alcoholism in their family, so Al-Anon has formed a wing to help the youngsters called Al-teen.
During the Al-teen meetings, the youth meet with their peers and share experiences and support each other at their level.
Why Join An Al-Anon Group
Alcoholism has affected many people directly and indirectly and you will meet these people in this program. All are different, yet Al- Anon members have all had similar experiences in their struggles. With this program, you get to share experiences with people who have faced situations similar to yours. Al-Anon meetings are held throughout the nation. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 for assistance in locating a group near you.
Expectations For A Meeting
Al-Anon meetings are open for anybody who is affected by someone else's drinking habit. Al-Anon can assist you if you are anxious about someone's drinking habit or if their lifestyle affects you personally.
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
- Every member from the organization has been affected by alcoholism regardless of whether it is a personal problem or through a family member
- You are not forced to talk or discuss your issues though it is encouraged
- Different Types Of Meetings Are Held For Everyone
- You may find some more beneficial to you than others.
- This group is not affiliated to any religion
- Meetings are focused on Al-Anon 12 step program
Al -Anon meetings permit attendees to "take what they like and leave the rest", being conducted under a mantra. The members get to go about their own personal experiences.
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Al-Anon And The Twelve Steps
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 admitted 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.
- When they understand they cannot do anything to change their loved one, people are now able to accept they can relax and let go for their peace of mind.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- It is important that members learn to let go.
- Made a searching and a fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- A huge part of the steps are self-discovery, and this is the beginning of the procedure.
- A list of how they may have offended themselves or their loved ones (such as with threats) is made by attendees.
- Have admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the true cause of our wrong doings.
- This is an examination of every item within the moral inventory of the member and will allow them to delve into every problem.
- Got fully ready to have God eliminate all the flaws of character.
- This is a very important step, as it is the complete acceptance of the process of recovery supported by a Higher Power.
- Humbly ask 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.
- Very often, righting a wrong starts with yourself.
- Sometimes it not always your fault a person is addicted.
- Personal acceptance and pardoning is also a way to getting help.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure 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.
- Passing through these twelve Steps is a time-consuming process.
- Even if the members have already completed their inventory, missteps are normal.
- It s usually a duration and this is outlined by stage 10.
- 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 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.
- They are encouraged with support to use what they have learned to assist others.
Recognising The Higher Power
Members recognise there is a spiritual power that helps them to recover. The term "higher power" is, however, open to interpretation according to the personal beliefs of individuals. Al-Anon does not interfere with a member's religious convictions.