Al-Anon is a network of family support groups, which helps persons whose families are affected by alcoholism. These gatherings provided much-needed support and healing.
Al-Anon was founded in 1951 with the aim of providing support for those affected by alcohol abuse by loved ones. Lois Wilson, well-known simply as Lois W, whose husband launched Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), laid the foundation of Al-Anon organization 16 years after AA was established. 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 thrives through the contributions of its members. The meetings aim to help members cope with and know how to support and help their loved ones fighting alcoholism.
The key activity of Al-Anon is to support its members - drunkards' relatives - by making them realize that they are not alone.
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. 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. Meetings deal with these issues and make members understand that alcoholism is a family illness.
Alateen- Al-Anon Meetings Intended 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
Al-Anon members benefit by being introduced to other people and families who have suffered from alcoholism. People are different, although, Al-Anon members have all had similar experiences with their struggles. 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 .
What You Should Anticipate From A Meeting
Al-Anon gatherings are friends and family members of alcoholic addicts. Al-Anon can assist you if you are anxious about someone's drinking habit or if their lifestyle affects you personally.
People always fear the unknown, and so the first meeting at Al-Anon is bound to be a challenge. Certain things to remember when considering attending a meeting:
First and foremost, attending Al-Anon is anonymous
Whether personally or through a family member, everyone in each meeting has been impacted by alcoholism
You are not forced to talk or discuss your issues though it is encouraged
These Meetings Are Of Different Types
Some may be more beneficial for you than others.
Al-Anon is by no means a religious organization
Al-Anon meetings follow the 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." The members get to go about their own personal experiences.
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. Members of Al-Anon can take help from a sponsor who can assist them to work through the steps and is available for any support needed during hardships of any kind just as the case is with Alcoholics Anonymous. The 12 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.
Accepted that a Power greater than ourselves could bring back our mental health.
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.
It is important that members learn to let go.
Made a searching and 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.
Admitted to god, to ourselves and to other human being the precise nature of our wrongs.
Then follows going through the list one item at a time and dealing with each.
Were entirely ready 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 learn to forgive and make it right for themselves.
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.
Members are ready with an inventory, yet making an error is common.
Step Ten acknowledges that this is a permanent process.
Through prayer and meditation endeavoured to improve our conscious contact with God as we perceived Him, praying only for learning His will for us and the strength to do it.
This is a personal, spiritual step that involves acceptance and comfort amongst the anxiety 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 journey of the member is not over.
It is a support group and members get to assist other members get through the whole process.
Learning About 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. Every member has their own religion affiliation. Al-Anon gladly accepts members from all religious traditions and denominations; nobody is forced to alter their beliefs here.