History Of Al-Anon
A family of support groups for people that have been affected by the problem of alcoholism within their family is identified as Al-Anon. The goal of theses groups is to be advantageous and therapeutic.
Al-Anon was founded in 1951 with the aim of providing support for those affected by alcohol abuse by loved ones. 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. 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 a self-supported organization which exists thanks to financial contributions from members. Meetings are available to assist family members and friends of alcoholics adjust and better serve their loved ones, even if their loved ones have not recovered.
Alcoholism Is 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. A clear-cut system of friends and family members support is an integral part of recovery from alcoholism.
Helping the addict recuperate should be the main concern of the family members and the friends. Meetings deal with these issues and make members understand that alcoholism is a family illness.
Alateen Is Al-Anon For Teenagers
A particular group called Alateen assists young people impacted by alcoholism in their family is also run by Al-Anon.
Young people are permitted to meet with others of their own age at these meetings, making the experiences more similar and advantageous.
Why Join An 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. Being with people who understand your struggles and whom you can talk to is a big plus. There are Al-Anon meetings available all across our country. 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. Al-Anon can assist you if you are anxious about someone's drinking habit or if their lifestyle affects you personally.
A number of people are not certain about what they can expect and are therefore, hesitant to attend their first meeting. What you must remember when you attend an Al-Anon meeting
- Al-Anon is an anonymous group, and this can be considered as extremely important
- All the members of this group have had an encounter with an alcoholic in their lives
- While members are encouraged to speak up and discuss their problem, they are under no obligation to do so
- These Meetings Are Of Different Types
- There are meetings where you may not be helped but someone else might be.
- Al-Anon is not an organization which is based on any religion
- Al-Anon meetings follow the 12 Step program
Going to the meeting means that you accept the fact that there are matters discussed that will be of help to you or not. 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
Every meeting begins with the reading of Al-Anon's twelve-step program. The 12 steps were adapted from the AA 12 Step program. 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. 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 frequently motivate themselves to the brink by trying to reform or control their loved one.
- 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.
- Accepting the condition and seeking help is the best way of solving it.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Self-discovery is an essential component of the steps, and this is the start of that.
- 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.
- Permitting them to dig into each issue, this is an examination of every thing in the members moral inventory.
- We are entirely prepared to have god remove all these defects of character.
- Spiritual help is recognised as one way through which they can be helped.
- 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.
- Mostly, doing changes begins with yourself.
- Many people blame themselves for their loved ones addiction.
- They must learn to forgive and make it right for themselves.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible unless to do so would injure them or others.
- When you decide to make amends, Then follows the action of doing so.
- 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.
- Even if the members have already completed their inventory, missteps are normal.
- 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 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 members journey has not finished.
- Encouragement is provided to members to support other members with their education.
A Greater Understanding Of The Higher Power
Members do have an acceptance of a higher power, even though Al-Anon is not a religious program. Every member has their own religion affiliation. All religions are well represented and no one is forced to change to another religion.