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 and is an organization which provides support to the friends and family members of people who are addicted to alcohol. 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 formed an organization for people similar to her, after confronting the hardships of assisting a recovering alcoholic in her own life. Al-Anon is an organization which supports itself through donations provided by members. Meetings are available to assist family members and friends of alcoholics adjust and better serve their loved ones, even if their loved ones have not recovered.
These groups help their members know there are others like them.
Alcoholism Affecting The Whole Family
Al-Anon considers the problem of alcoholism as a family illness because of the negative impact it has both on the alcoholic and the people surrounding them. It is integral for the alcoholic's recovery to have a family and friend support system around them.
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. Meetings deal with these issues and make members understand that alcoholism is a family illness.
Alateen- Al-Anon Meetings Intended 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.
Teens get to associate with each other and share experiences of how alcoholism has affected them.
Al-Anon Group Advantages
Members of Al-Anon benefit from being introduced to a number of people and families who could have suffered from the problem of alcoholism. The best part about this program is that you can all relate with the same issue. Al-Anon provides a key benefit and that is to help people finding others who have had similar experiences to talk about. Al-Anon meetings are held throughout the nation. Phone us on 0800 772 3971 , and we'll help you find the one near you.
The Results Of These Meetings
If you know someone who is an alcoholic, then Al-Anon is the best place for you. You can get all the help required if you are being affected by the drinking behaviour of a person you know.
People always fear the unknown, and so the first meeting at Al-Anon is bound to be a challenge. Here are some things to remember when considering whether to attend a meeting:
Al-Anon is anonymous meaning you do not identify yourself in the meeting
Everybody present in each meeting has faced the problem of alcoholism, either personally or has a family member suffering from it
No one is subject to talk about or discuss their issue, but it is encouraged
Meetings Offered Can Vary
Some of them may be more effective for you than other ones.
There is no religious base for Al-Anon
The meetings are concentrating on the 12-step program which has been designed by Al-Anon
Going to the meeting means that you accept the fact that there are matters discussed that will be of help to you or not. Thus, meetings put an increased focus on talking about experiences and hardships rather than telling attendees what to do.
Usually, meetings start with someone reading from the 12 step program. The 12 steps were adapted from the AA 12 Step program. 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 12 Steps are as follows:
We admit that 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.
Pretty often members try to change or control their significant others and drive themselves to the verge.
After admitting that they are powerless they begin to understand the fact that they can be brought back to 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.
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 others human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Thats a study of each listing in the group members moral inventory, which enables them to delve into each problem.
Got fully ready to have God eliminate all the flaws of character.
Spiritual help is recognised as one way through which they can be helped.
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
This part of the twelve step process helps people realize how controlling or judgmental they have been towards an alcoholic and how counterproductive it is.
Drew up a list of all people we had harmed, and became willing to right a wrong for them all.
The road to recovery is a personal effort.
Sometimes it not always your fault a person is addicted.
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.
As soon as you are ready to make amends, the next step is actually to do it.
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.
There is also a possibility for relapse when trying to recover in the program.
Step 10 identifies 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 a result of these steps we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in our affairs.
This stage appreciates the fact that the process is long and doesnt end after a while.
It is a support group and members get to assist other members get through the whole process.
A Greater Understanding Of The Higher Power
Despite Al-Anon not being a religious program of any kind, the members within do have an acceptance of a greater power. Every member has their own religion affiliation. Members of all religions and beliefs are accepted at Al-Anon and none is coerced to change their beliefs.