Al-Anon is a network of family support groups, which helps persons whose families are affected by alcoholism. Groups like these have been formed with the sole aim of being beneficial and therapeutic to such families.
Al-Anon was founded in 1951 as an organization for providing support to friends and relatives of drunkards. 16 years after Bill W founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon was founded by Lois W. his wife and Anne B. 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 self-supported through member donations. 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
Since it has a deleterious influence on both the drinker and those around them, Al-anon treats the disease of alcoholism as a family illness. The recovery process is a joint effort and the family members and other people close to the addict must be involved.
Helping the addict recuperate should be the main concern of the family members and the friends. 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
Besides, Al-Anon has a group named Alateen organized specially for young people whose family member suffers from alcoholism.
During the Al-teen meetings, the youth meet with their peers and share experiences and support each other at their level.
Al-Anon Group Advantages
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. The main advantage of Al-Anon is searching people who have had similar experiences to talk to. Al-Anon meetings are held 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 .
The Results Of These Meetings
Al-Anon gatherings are friends and family members of alcoholic addicts. You can get all the help required if you are being affected by the drinking behaviour of a person you know.
A number of people are not certain about what they can expect and are therefore, hesitant to attend their first meeting. The following are some of the key things to know when you are coming for the meetings:
Al-Anon is an anonymous group, and this can be considered as extremely important
Every member from the organization has been affected by alcoholism regardless of whether it is a personal problem or through a family member
While members are encouraged to speak up and discuss their problem, they are under no obligation to do so
Different Types Of Meetings Are Held For Everyone
Some of them may be more effective for you than other ones.
Al-Anon is by no means a religious organization
Meetings are focused on Al-Anon 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.
Most meetings begin with a reading of Al Anon 12 Step program. These twelve steps are an abridged, almost verbatim, quote from the same-name program of 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. The 12 Steps are as follows:
We did admit we were powerless over alcoholism, that our lives became unmanageable indeed.
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.
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 decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Learning to let go is a primary step in the program and acceptance.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Self-discovery plays a huge role in making the steps; and this is its beginning.
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.
Then follows going through the list one item at a time and dealing with each.
Got fully ready to have God eliminate all the flaws 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.
This part of the twelve step process helps people realize how controlling or judgmental they have been towards an alcoholic and how counterproductive it is.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
The road to recovery is a personal effort.
Sometimes it not always your fault a person is addicted.
They must agree to pardon themselves and make amends.
Made amends to such people directly where feasible, except for the cases when doing so is likely to hurt 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.
Going through the 12 steps is a process which will take 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 had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in 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.
A Greater Understanding Of 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.