Getting To Know More About 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.
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). She herself faced the challenge of supporting a convalescent alcoholic, so, she created an organization aimed at people with the same problem. Al-Anon is an organization which supports itself through donations provided by members. There are meetings available through the assistance of family members and friends of alcoholics to cope with and better serve the interests of their loved ones even if they are in different stages of recovery.
Providing support to family members by making them understand that they are not alone in this struggle is the primary focus of Al-Anon.
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.
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. These problems are handled by meetings and members are assisted to understand alcoholism 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.
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
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. Being with people who understand your struggles and whom you can talk to is a big plus. 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.
The Results Of These Meetings
Al-Anon gatherings are friends and family members of alcoholic addicts. If you are worried about somebody's heavy drinking or if the drunkard's lifestyle somehow affects your life , Al-Anon will help you.
People always fear the unknown, and so the first meeting at Al-Anon is bound to be a challenge. Here are some things to remember when considering whether to attend a meeting:
- First and foremost, attending Al-Anon is anonymous
- All the members of this group have had an encounter with an alcoholic in their lives
- No one is subject to talk about or discuss their issue, but it is encouraged
- The Meetings Usually Vary
- Some could be more productive for you than the others.
- Al-Anon is not based on any religion
- These meetings are focused on the 12 Step program by Al-Anon
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 Parts Of Al-Anon
Most meetings begin with a reading of Al Anon 12 Step program. Adapted, from the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, these steps are nearly straight sword. There is a person to hold your hand as you go through the different stages of help. These stages are:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Al-Anon members are taught that alcoholism is a disease they cannot cure in another person.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Members often drive themselves to the brink in an attempt to change or control their loved one.
- After admitting that they are powerless they begin to understand the fact that they can be brought back to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
- A key step to the program and acceptance of learning to let go.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Self-discovery plays a huge role in making the steps; and this is its beginning.
- They then come up with how they have been affected by the condition and what they might have done to hurt others or themselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to others 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.
- This step allows the member to off-load his recovery to someone greater and bigger than themselves to handle.
- 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.
- Drew up a list of all people we had harmed, and became willing to right a wrong for them all.
- The road to recovery is a personal effort.
- Lots of people tend to blame themselves for addiction of their significant others.
- They must be willing and prepared to forgive themselves and to make amends.
- 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.
- Went on making personal inventory and each time we were wrong, we admitted it at once.
- It takes some period before you can complete the stages.
- There is also a possibility for relapse when trying to recover in the program.
- 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 taking personal spiritual responsibility and surrender so as to start healing.
- 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.
- Step 12 involves the member acknowledging the story has not ended.
- 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. However, the notion of "higher power" can be interpreted depending on one's personal beliefs. Al-Anon is open to members of all religions and beliefs and accepts them with a commitment that no one will be forced to alter his or her belief.