A family of support groups for people that have been affected by the problem of alcoholism within their family is identified as Al-Anon. The aim of these groups is to be recuperative and curative.
Al-Anon was founded in 1951 with the aim of providing support for those affected by alcohol abuse by loved ones. 16 years after Bill W founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon was founded by Lois W. his wife and Anne B. Dealing with the difficulties of providing support to a recovering alcoholic during her life, she decided to create an organization for people similar to her. Al-Anon thrives through the contributions of its members. The meetings aim to help members cope with and know how to support and help their loved ones fighting alcoholism.
The key activity of Al-Anon is to support its members - drunkards' relatives - by making them realize that they are not alone.
Alcoholism Being A Family Illness
Al-Anon recognizes that alcoholism affects everyone in the family not just the addicted member. Important to the alcoholic's recovery is the friend and family support system.
Some family members blame themselves for their loved one's drinking or may not realise why recovery is their loved one's primary concern. 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 Groups For Teens
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
Members benefit from Al-Anon because they are introduced to many people and families who suffer from alcoholism. All are different, yet Al- Anon members have all had similar experiences in 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 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. If you are worried about somebody's heavy drinking or if the drunkard's lifestyle somehow affects your life , Al-Anon will help you.
A number of people are not certain about what they can expect and are therefore, hesitant to attend their first meeting. Certain things to remember when considering attending a meeting:
Al-Anon is an anonymous group, and this can be considered as extremely important
Everybody present in each meeting has faced the problem of alcoholism, either personally or has a family member suffering from it
Getting things off your chest is one way of recovery encouraged in this group although it is not mandatory
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
The meetings are concentrating on the 12-step program which has been designed by Al-Anon
Al-Anon meetings are carried out under a slogan that encourages all attendees to "take only what they like, leaving the rest." The shared stories, of experiences, hardships, and victories encourages members to know how to handle their experiences.
Usually, meetings start with someone reading from the 12 step program. Adapted, from the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, these steps are nearly straight sword. There is a person to hold your hand as you go through the different stages of help. The 12 Steps are as follows:
We admitted 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.
Members frequently motivate themselves to the brink by trying to reform or control their loved one.
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.
A key step to the program and acceptance of learning to let go.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Self-discovery plays a huge role in making the steps; and this is its beginning.
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.
This is an examination of every item within the moral inventory of the member and will allow them to delve into every problem.
Got fully ready to have God eliminate all the flaws of character.
This step allows the member to off-load his recovery to someone greater and bigger than themselves to handle.
Humbly ask him to remove our shortcomings.
In this stage, the members get to assess how their presence or activities could have affected the addicts negatively.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed and be willing to make amends with them.
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.
The next step is to take action, after you agree to make changes.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Passing through these twelve Steps is a time-consuming process.
Slipping up is quite normal despite members already having made an inventory.
It s usually a duration and this is outlined by stage 10.
Through prayer and meditation endeavoured to improve our conscious contact with God as we perceived Him, praying only for learning His will for us and the strength to do it.
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.
Step 12 involves the member acknowledging the story has not ended.
After this, group members are encouraged to support others by sharing what they have already learned.
Learning About The Higher Power
Members do have an acceptance of a higher power, even though Al-Anon is not a religious program. The term "higher power" is, however, open to interpretation according to the personal beliefs of individuals. Al-Anon gladly accepts members from all religious traditions and denominations; nobody is forced to alter their beliefs here.