A family of support groups for people that have been affected by the problem of alcoholism within their family is identified as Al-Anon. These gatherings provided much-needed support and healing.
Al Anon was founded in 1951 and is an organization which provides support to the friends and family members of people who are addicted to alcohol. 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. 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.
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 sees alcoholism as a family illness, because it negatively affects both the drinkers and people around 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. 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.
Such meetings allow youngsters to meet with others of the same age, making their experience more relatable and efficient.
The Advantages Of Al-Anon Group
Alcoholism has affected many people directly and indirectly and you will meet these people in this program. The best part about this program is that you can all relate with the same issue. 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. Phone us on 0800 772 3971 , and we'll help you find the one near you.
Expectations For 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. 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
Everybody present in each meeting has faced the problem of alcoholism, either personally or has a family member suffering from it
Getting things off your chest is one way of recovery encouraged in this group although it is not mandatory
Different Types Of Meetings Are Held For Everyone
You may find some more beneficial to you than others.
Al-Anon is not an organization which is based on any religion
Meetings are focused on Al-Anon 12 step program
The Al-Anon meetings work on the "take what you like and leave the rest" philosophy In this way, instead of telling attendees what they should do, meetings target on exchanging experiences and difficulties.
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. An Al-Anon member is required to take on a sponsor who will help them work through the program and provide support when needed. 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.
After they admit they are powerless, they learn how to accept that they can be helped to regain their sanity.
Made a resolution to turn our lives and our will over to the care of God in a way we perceived Him.
Learning to let go is a primary step in the program and acceptance.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Identifying that your life is being affected by alcoholism is one way of getting the best help.
The members make a list of things they did or said to themselves and their loved ones that are painful or harmful.
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 step is highly essential as it is the complete acceptance of the recovery process supported by a Higher Power.
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
When they reach This point, the member can realize the part they played by judging and trying to control their loved ones which could have driven them into more drinking.
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 unless to do so would injure them or others.
The next step is to take action, after you agree to make changes.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
To complete 12 Steps takes time.
Slipping up is quite normal despite members already having made an inventory.
It s usually a duration and this is outlined by stage 10.
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 experienced a spiritual awakening thanks to these steps, we tried to spread the word to other people, and to always practice these principles.
The last step is a realization that the journey of the member is not over.
After this, group members are encouraged to support others by sharing what they have already learned.
Knowledge Of Higher Power
Members do have an acceptance of a higher power, even though Al-Anon is not a religious program. The term "higher power" is, however, open to interpretation according to the personal beliefs of individuals. 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.