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. Lois Wilson, well-known simply as Lois W, whose husband launched Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), laid the foundation of Al-Anon organization 16 years after AA was established. 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 an organization which supports itself through donations provided by members. There are meetings available through the assistance of family members and friends of alcoholics to cope with and better serve the interests of their loved ones even if they are in different stages of recovery.
Alcoholism Affecting A Family
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. A clear-cut system of friends and family members support is an integral part of recovery from alcoholism.
Lack of understanding the cause of their loved one's drinking problem makes family members suffer self-condemnation and also not know how to deal with the problem. 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 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.
Al-Anon Group Advantages
Members benefit from Al-Anon because they are introduced to many people and families who suffer from alcoholism. Despite every individual being different Al-Anon commonly had interrelated experiences within their struggles. 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 all over the country. Phone us on 0800 772 3971 , and we'll help you find the one near you.
The Results Of These Meetings
The meetings held by Al-Anon are open to any individual who could be affected by the alcoholism of another individual. You can get all the help required if you are being affected by the drinking behaviour of a person you know.
A number of people are not certain about what they can expect and are therefore, hesitant to attend their first meeting. Here are some things to remember when considering whether to attend a meeting
- Al-Anon is a group that is unidentified
- Every member from the organization has been affected by alcoholism regardless of whether it is a personal problem or through a family member
- You are not forced to talk or discuss your issues though it is encouraged
- Different Types Of Meetings Are Held For Everyone
- 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
Going to the meeting means that you accept the fact that there are matters discussed that will be of help to you or not. The shared stories, of experiences, hardships, and victories encourages members to know how to handle their experiences.
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The 12 Stages Of Al-Anon
The recovery stages are outlined before the meeting starts. These 12 steps have been adapted from a similar program which is also implemented by Alcoholics Anonymous. Similarly to AA, Al-Anon members rely on a facilitator who guides them through the steps and who is always ready to support when the going gets tough. The steps are as follows
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Al-Anon members are taught that alcoholism is a disease they cannot cure in another person.
- 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.
- The members then recognise the fact that there is a solution out there for them.
- Made a resolution to turn our lives and our will over to the care of God in a way we perceived Him.
- A key step to the program and acceptance of learning to let go.
- 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 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.
- Spiritual help is recognised as one way through which they can be helped.
- Humbly ask him to remove our shortcomings.
- When they reach This point, the member can realize the part they played by judging and trying to control their loved ones which could have driven them into more drinking.
- Drew up a list of all people we had harmed, and became willing to right a wrong for them all.
- Usually, making up for the wrongs done begins with oneself.
- Lots of people tend to blame themselves for addiction of their significant others.
- They must be willing and prepared to forgive themselves and to make amends.
- Made amends to such people directly where feasible, except for the cases when doing so is likely to hurt them or others.
- When you decide to make amends, Then follows the action of doing so.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Going through the 12 Steps is a process that 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 a personal, spiritual step that involves acceptance and comfort amongst the anxiety 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.
- It is a support group and members get to assist other members get through the whole process.
What Is Higher Power
Although Al-Anon's program is not a religious one, members do experience insights into higher power. Every member has their own religion affiliation. All religions are well represented and no one is forced to change to another religion.