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. This kind of a support group is after assisting people overcome their addiction to alcohol.
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. The family of the addicts usually get tips on how they can help their loved ones and live comfortably with them.
The fight against alcoholism is a joint undertaking and that is the objective of this support group.
Alcoholism Is 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. 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. The Al-Anon group meetings help bring these issues to light and teach members how to deal with alcoholism as it affects the whole family.
Alateen- Al-Anon Meetings Intended For Teenagers
A particular group called Alateen assists young people impacted by alcoholism in their family is also run by Al-Anon.
Such meetings allow youngsters to meet with others of the same age, making their experience more relatable and efficient.
Why Join An Al-Anon Group
Members benefit from Al-Anon because they are introduced to many people and families who suffer from alcoholism. All are different, yet Al- Anon members have all had similar experiences in their struggles. With this program, you get to share experiences with people who have faced situations similar to yours. Al-Anon meetings are held throughout the nation. 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. Al-Anon can assist you if you are anxious about someone's drinking habit or if their lifestyle affects you personally.
The outcomes of these meetings is what scares some people from coming. The following are some of the key things to know when you are coming for the meetings:
Al-Anon is anonymous, which is highly essential
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
The Meetings Usually Vary
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
The 12 recovery steps are followed in this group
Al -Anon meetings permit attendees to "take what they like and leave the rest", being conducted under a mantra. The shared stories, of experiences, hardships, and victories encourages members to know how to handle their experiences.
Most meetings begin with a reading of Al Anon 12 Step program. The 12 steps were adapted from the AA 12 Step program. 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 did admit we were powerless over alcoholism, that our lives became unmanageable indeed.
Members can learn to accept alcoholism as a disease which they cannot control in others.
Accepted that a Power greater than ourselves could bring back our mental health.
Members often drive themselves to the brink in an attempt to change 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.
Attendees have the option of creating a list of how they could have wronged themselves or their loved ones with examples like threats issued, Etc.
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.
This is an important step because it comes after accepting in full that the recovery process is supported by a greater power.
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.
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.
Lots of people tend to blame themselves for addiction of their significant others.
They must agree to pardon themselves and make amends.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when 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.
To complete 12 Steps takes time.
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 taking personal spiritual responsibility and surrender so as to start healing.
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.
It is a support group and members get to assist other members get through the whole process.
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 gladly accepts members from all religious traditions and denominations; nobody is forced to alter their beliefs here.