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 was founded in 1951 as an organization for providing support to friends and relatives of drunkards. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the first alcoholic support group that was started by the husband of Lois Wilson who went on to later start her own support group, Al-Anon. Lois W sort to help others suffering at the hands of alcoholics like herself. Al-Anon is a self-supported organization which exists thanks to financial contributions from members. The meetings aim to help members cope with and know how to support and help their loved ones fighting alcoholism.
These groups help their members know there are others like them.
Alcoholism Affecting The Whole Family
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.
Sometimes alcoholics' family members blame themselves for their loved one's' drinking habits; they also may not fully understand why recovery should be their relative's priority. Support meetings can help deal about these issues in the best way while also making members understand that alcoholism should be treated as a family illness.
Alateen Is Al-Anon For Teenagers
Al-Anon is also home for a group which is identified as Alateen and is catering to youngsters that are affected by alcoholism within their family.
Such meetings allow youngsters to meet with others of the same age, making their experience more relatable and efficient.
Why Join An Al-Anon Group
The people in the group are struggling like you or are going through what you are experiencing as a victim of 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. These meetings are widespread all over the country. Give us a call on 0800 772 3971 to assist you find one close by you.
The Results Of These Meetings
Al-Anon meetings are open for anybody who is affected by someone else's drinking habit. Contact an Al-Anon group near you if you are concerned about someone who is drinking more than they should or who is making your life stressful because of their drinking.
People always fear the unknown, and so the first meeting at Al-Anon is bound to be a challenge. Certain things to remember when considering attending a meeting:
Al-Anon is anonymous meaning you do not identify yourself in the meeting
Every member from the organization has been affected by alcoholism regardless of whether it is a personal problem or through a family member
No One is made to speak about their problem or discuss it, just encouraged to
The Meetings Usually Vary
Some may be more beneficial for you than others.
Al-Anon is not an organization which is based on any religion
Meetings are focused on Al-Anon 12 step program
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. In this way, instead of telling attendees what they should do, meetings target on exchanging experiences and difficulties.
As a rule, group meetings begin with reading of Al Anon 12 Step program. Adapted, from the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, these steps are nearly straight sword. Al-Anon members start with a sponsor who assists them work through the steps and who is ready for help in times of difficulty, mostly similar to AA. These stages are:
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.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Pretty often members try to change or control their significant others and drive themselves to the verge.
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.
Learning to let go is a primary step in the program and acceptance.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
This is where the journey of self-discovery begins.
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 wrong doings.
Writing each problem enables them to examine them one by one.
Got fully ready to have God eliminate all the flaws 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.
This part of the 12 steps provides members with the assistance needed to understand how they may have been exercising control or being judgmental towards an addict and how these actions are counterproductive.
Drew up a list of all people we had harmed, and became willing to right a wrong for them all.
Most often making amends begins with yourself.
Many people blame themselves for their loved ones addiction.
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.
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 which will take time.
Members are ready with an inventory, yet making an error is common.
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 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.
Step 12 involves the member acknowledging the story has not ended.
Members are then motivated to assist other members with what they have learned.
Knowledge Of Higher Power
Members do have an acceptance of a higher power, even though Al-Anon is not a religious program. The "higher power" or God is according to each person's perception of whom they consider Him to be. Al-Anon gladly accepts members from all religious traditions and denominations; nobody is forced to alter their beliefs here.