History Of Al-Anon
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 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. She herself faced the challenge of supporting a convalescent alcoholic, so, she created an organization aimed at people with the same problem. Financial contributions are done by the members of the group itself which keep it running. 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 Being A Family Illness
Al-Anon sees alcoholism as a family illness, because it negatively affects both the drinkers and people around them. A clear-cut system of friends and family members support is an integral part of recovery from alcoholism.
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. 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- Al-Anon Groups For Teens
Teens are also affected by alcoholism and that is why Alateen was formed within Al-Anon to help them.
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.
The Benefits Of Attending An Al-Anon Group
Members of Al-Anon benefit from being introduced to a number of people and families who could have suffered from the problem of alcoholism. All members have worked through some issues though the details may differ. Being with people who understand your struggles and whom you can talk to is a big plus. Al-Anon meetings are held all over the country. Phone us on 0800 246 1509 , and we'll help you find the one near you.
What You Can Expect From A Meeting
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.
The outcomes of these meetings is what scares some people from coming. What you must remember when you attend an Al-Anon meeting
- Al-Anon is a group that is unidentified
- All the members of this group have had an encounter with an alcoholic in their lives
- No One is made to speak about their problem or discuss it, just encouraged to
- There Are Several Kinds Of Meetings
- Some could be more productive for you than the others.
- Al-Anon is by no means a religious organization
- These meetings are focused on the 12 Step program by Al-Anon
The Al-Anon meetings work on the "take what you like and leave the rest" philosophy The members get to go about their own personal experiences.
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The 12 Stages Of Al-Anon
The recovery stages are outlined before the meeting starts. These twelve steps are an abridged, almost verbatim, quote from the same-name program of 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.
- The members learn how to accept alcohol addiction as an illness, which they cannot control if somebody else suffers from it.
- 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 decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Learning how to forgive is an extremely important step of the program, together with acceptance.
- Carry out a thorough and undaunted 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 other human being the precise nature of our wrongs.
- Then follows going through the list one item at a time and dealing with each.
- We are entirely prepared 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.
- calmly begged Him to remove our drawbacks.
- 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.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed and be willing to make amends with them.
- Very often, righting a wrong starts with yourself.
- Sometimes it not always your fault a person is addicted.
- They must be willing and prepared to forgive themselves and to make amends.
- 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.
- To complete 12 Steps takes time.
- Though a member made a list of things they did wrong, sometimes you may find yourself repeating some things.
- Step 10 provides a recognition that this is an ongoing process.
- 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 step is a personal, spiritual one; it comprises acceptance and comfort in view of the great stress 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.
- This stage appreciates the fact that the process is long and doesnt end after a while.
- Members are then motivated to assist other members with what they have learned.
Learning About The Higher Power
Members do have an acceptance of a higher power, even though Al-Anon is not a religious program. Nevertheless, the term " higher power" is open to imply as one's own individual beliefs. All religions are well represented and no one is forced to change to another religion.