Al-Anon is a network of family support groups, which helps persons whose families are affected by alcoholism. The aim of these groups is to be recuperative and curative.
Al Anon was founded in 1951 and is an organization which provides support to the friends and family members of people who are addicted to alcohol. 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. Lois W sort to help others suffering at the hands of alcoholics like herself. Al-Anon is an organization which supports itself through donations provided by members. Support groups meetings help alcoholics' family members and friends to cope with the situation and treat their loved ones better, even if they haven't recovered yet.
Providing support to family members by making them understand that they are not alone in this struggle is the primary focus of Al-Anon.
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. 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. During the Al-Anon gathering, people are educated about taking alcoholism not as a one person problem but as a joint issue in the family.
Alateen Is Al-Anon For Teenagers
Besides, Al-Anon has a group named Alateen organized specially for young people whose family member suffers from alcoholism.
The meetings held by Alateen help youngsters to meet with individuals within their age group in order to make their experiences more beneficial and interrelated.
Al-Anon Group Advantages
Alcoholism has affected many people directly and indirectly and you will meet these people in this program. All members have worked through some issues though the details may differ. The main benefit of Al-Anon is having an opportunity to find and talk with individuals who's had similar experiences. Al-Anon meetings are held throughout the nation. Contact us on 0800 772 3971 for assistance in locating a group near you.
The Results Of These Meetings
For anyone who is affected by someone else's drinking, Al- Anon meetings are for those. 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. Here are some things to remember when considering whether to attend a meeting:
Al-Anon is an anonymous group, and this can be considered as extremely important
All the members of this group have had an encounter with an alcoholic in their lives
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.
Al-Anon is by no means a religious organization
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. 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.
As a rule, group meetings begin with reading of Al Anon 12 Step program. These 12 steps have been adapted from a similar program which is also implemented by Alcoholics Anonymous. 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 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 also learn they are driving themselves crazy by trying to change or control another person.
After they admit they are powerless, they learn how to accept that they can be helped to regain their sanity.
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.
Identifying that your life is being affected by alcoholism is one way of getting the best help.
The group members write down a list of the instances when they may have been unfair to themselves or their significant others (for example, threats).
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Permitting them to dig into each issue, this is an examination of every thing in the members moral inventory.
Were entirely ready 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.
In this stage, the members get to assess how their presence or activities could have affected the addicts negatively.
Drew up a list of all people we had harmed, and became willing to right a wrong for them all.
Mostly, doing changes begins with yourself.
Lots of people tend to blame themselves for addiction of their significant others.
They must learn to forgive and make it right for 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.
Went on making personal inventory and each time we were wrong, we admitted it at once.
To complete 12 Steps takes time.
There is also a possibility for relapse when trying to recover in the program.
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.
This is taking personal spiritual responsibility and surrender so as to start healing.
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.
This stage appreciates the fact that the process is long and doesnt end after a while.
Encouragement is provided to members to support other members with their education.
A Greater Understanding Of 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.