The Story Of 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. The goal of theses groups is to be advantageous and therapeutic.
Al- Anon is a support organization for the friends and family members of problem drinkers, founded in 1951. 16 years after Bill W founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon was founded by Lois W. his wife and Anne B. She formed an organization for people similar to her, after confronting the hardships of assisting a recovering alcoholic in her own life. Al-Anon thrives through the contributions of its 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 Affecting A Family
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.
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- Al-Anon For Teenagers
A particular group called Alateen assists young people impacted by alcoholism in their family is also run by Al-Anon.
During the Al-teen meetings, the youth meet with their peers and share experiences and support each other at their level.
The Benefits Of Attending An 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. Al-Anon provides a key benefit and that is to help people finding others who have had similar experiences to talk about. There are Al-Anon meetings available all across our country. Give us a call on 0800 246 1509 to assist you find one close by you.
What You Should Anticipate From A Meeting
The meetings held by Al-Anon are open to any individual who could be affected by the alcoholism of another individual. Al-Anon can assist you if you are anxious about someone's drinking habit or if their lifestyle affects you personally.
Since they are sure what will happen, some people don't feel free to go to the first meeting. What you must remember when you attend an Al-Anon meeting
- Al-Anon is a group that is unidentified
- Everyone in that room is affected one way or another by the alcoholism of a friend or family member
- No one is subject to talk about or discuss their issue, but it is encouraged
- There Are Several Kinds Of Meetings
- You may find some more beneficial to you than others.
- There is no religious base for Al-Anon
- These meetings are focused on the 12 Step program by Al-Anon
Al -Anon meetings permit attendees to "take what they like and leave the rest", being conducted under a mantra. Thus, meetings put an increased focus on talking about experiences and hardships rather than telling attendees what to do.
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Al-Anon And The Twelve Steps
As a rule, group meetings begin with reading of Al Anon 12 Step program. These twelve steps are an abridged, almost verbatim, quote from the same-name program of Alcoholics Anonymous. There is a person to hold your hand as you go through the different stages of help. The steps are as follows
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Members can learn to accept alcoholism as a disease which they cannot control in others.
- 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.
- They understand to accept that they can revert to sanity, after acknowledging they are powerless.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- It is important that members learn to let go.
- 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 others human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Then follows going through the list one item at a time and dealing with each.
- We are entirely prepared to have god remove all these defects of character.
- This is a very important step, as it is the complete acceptance of the process of recovery supported by a Higher 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.
- Drew up a list of all people we had harmed, and became willing to right a wrong for them all.
- Very often, righting a wrong starts with yourself.
- Many people blame themselves for their loved ones addiction.
- Personal acceptance and pardoning is also a way to getting help.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- As soon as you are ready to make amends, the next step is actually to do it.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- To complete 12 Steps takes time.
- Members are ready with an inventory, yet making an error is common.
- Step Ten acknowledges that this is a permanent process.
- Through prayer and meditation endeavoured to improve our conscious contact with God as we perceived Him, praying only for learning His will for us and the strength to do it.
- 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 includes perception that the persons journey is not over yet.
- It is a support group and members get to assist other members get through the whole process.
Learning About The Higher Power
Members of Al-Anon believe there is a "higher power' greater than themselves even though the group is not affiliated with any religion. Nevertheless, the term " higher power" is open to imply as one's own individual beliefs. Al-Anon does not interfere with a member's religious convictions.