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. These gatherings provided much-needed support and healing.
Al-Anon was founded in 1951 as an organization for providing support to friends and relatives of drunkards. This organization was founded by Lois Wilson, who is also popular by the name of Lois W and Al Anon came into being 16 years after the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous [AA] by her husband. 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. The meetings aim to help members cope with and know how to support and help their loved ones fighting alcoholism.
To assist members by having them understand they aren't alone in their struggle, is the principal target of Al-Anon.
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.
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 Groups For Teens
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.
Reasons To Partake In An Al-Anon Group
Al-Anon members benefit by being introduced to other people and families who have suffered from alcoholism. All members have worked through some issues though the details may differ. With this program, you get to share experiences with people who have faced situations similar to yours. There are Al-Anon meetings all across the nation. Call us on 0800 246 1509 to help you find one near you.
What You Should Anticipate From A Meeting
If you know someone who is an alcoholic, then Al-Anon is the best place for you. If you are worried about somebody's heavy drinking or if the drunkard's lifestyle somehow affects your life , Al-Anon will help you.
Since they are sure what will happen, some people don't feel free to go to the first meeting. Certain things to remember when considering attending a meeting:
- Al-Anon is anonymous, which is highly essential
- Everyone in that room is affected one way or another by the alcoholism of a friend or family member
- No One is made to speak about their problem or discuss it, just encouraged to
- These Meetings Are Of Different Types
- Some could be more productive for you than the others.
- This group is not affiliated to any religion
- The 12 recovery steps are followed in this group
The meetings conducted by Al-Anon have a simple formula which gives the attendees the option of taking what they prefer and leaving behind the rest. Thus, meetings put an increased focus on talking about experiences and hardships rather than telling attendees what to do.
Al-Anon And The 12 Stages
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. These stages are:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
- 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.
- Trying to change a person that has been affected by alcoholism can be a huge task and lead to breakdown.
- After they admit they are powerless, they learn how to accept that they can be helped to regain their sanity.
- Made a resolution to turn our lives and our will over to the care of God in a way we perceived Him.
- Learning to let go is a primary step in the program and acceptance.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- A huge part of the steps are self-discovery, and this is the beginning of the procedure.
- The members make a list of things they did or said to themselves and their loved ones that are painful or harmful.
- Admitted to god, to ourselves and to other human being the precise nature of our wrongs.
- This is an examination of every item within the moral inventory of the member and will allow them to delve into every problem.
- Were entirely ready 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.
- Most often making amends begins 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.
- After you are willing to make amends, the following step is to act on it.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Passing through these twelve Steps is a time-consuming process.
- Even if the members have already completed their inventory, missteps are normal.
- It s usually a duration and this is outlined by stage 10.
- 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 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.
- The last step includes perception that the persons journey is not over yet.
- Encouragement is provided to members to support other members with their education.
Knowledge Of Higher Power
Despite Al-Anon not being a religious program of any kind, the members within do have an acceptance of a greater power. The term "higher power" is, however, open to interpretation according to the personal beliefs of individuals. All religions are well represented and no one is forced to change to another religion.