Getting To Know More About Al-Anon
Al-Anon is a network of family support groups, which helps persons whose families are affected by alcoholism. These gatherings provided much-needed support and healing.
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. Lois W sort to help others suffering at the hands of alcoholics like herself. Al-Anon thrives through the contributions of its members. The meetings aim to help members cope with and know how to support and help their loved ones fighting alcoholism.
The Effects On A Family Due To Alcoholism
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. 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. 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
Teens are also affected by alcoholism and that is why Alateen was formed within Al-Anon to help them.
Young people are permitted to meet with others of their own age at these meetings, making the experiences more similar and advantageous.
The Advantages Of Al-Anon Group
Al-Anon members benefit by being introduced to other people and families who have suffered from alcoholism. 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. There are Al-Anon meetings available all across our country. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 for assistance in locating a group near you.
Expectations For A Meeting
If you know someone who is an alcoholic, then Al-Anon is the best place for you. You just need to identify whether the alcoholism of a particular individual is concerning you and make it known it is affecting your lifestyle, and rest assured that Al-Anon can provide the assistance you need.
Since they are sure what will happen, some people don't feel free to go to the first meeting. Here are some things to remember when considering whether to attend a meeting
- Al-Anon is anonymous meaning you do not identify yourself in the meeting
- Everybody present in each meeting has faced the problem of alcoholism, either personally or has a family member suffering from it
- You are not forced to talk or discuss your issues though it is encouraged
- Meetings Offered Can Vary
- Some could be more productive for you than the others.
- There is no religious base for Al-Anon
- 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." Based on this formula the meetings concentrate on the sharing of experiences and the hardships of the attendees rather than giving them any instructions about what they should do.
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The 12 Parts Of Al-Anon
The recovery stages are outlined before the meeting starts. The Alcoholics Anonymous started the 12 step recovery program that is being used in the Al-Anon meetings. 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. The 12 Steps are as follows
- We did admit we were powerless over alcoholism, that our lives became unmanageable indeed.
- Members learn to accept alcoholism as a disease they cannot control in others.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- 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.
- 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.
- They then come up with how they have been affected by the condition and what they might have done to hurt others or themselves.
- 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.
- Were entirely ready 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.
- In this stage, the members get to assess how their presence or activities could have affected the addicts negatively.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Very often, righting a wrong starts with yourself.
- Many people blame themselves for their loved ones addiction.
- These people had better be willing to forgive and make amends to themselves.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Working on the steps of recovery and help after forgiving yourself is the next step.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- It takes some period before you can complete the stages.
- Though a member made a list of things they did wrong, sometimes you may find yourself repeating some things.
- 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 step that is personal and spiritual to encompass acceptance and comfort amid the stress 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.
- Step 12 involves the member acknowledging the story has not ended.
- After this, group members are encouraged to support others by sharing what they have already learned.
What Is Higher Power
Members recognise there is a spiritual power that helps them to recover. The term "higher power" is, however, open to interpretation according to the personal beliefs of individuals. Members of all religions and beliefs are accepted at Al-Anon and none is coerced to change their beliefs.