The Story Of Al-Anon
Al-Anon is support groups all over the world that where people affected by alcoholism in one way or another meet to share experiences and help each other. These gatherings provided much-needed support and healing.
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. 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 family of the addicts usually get tips on how they can help their loved ones and live comfortably with them.
Alcoholism Affecting The Whole 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. The recovery process is a joint effort and the family members and other people close to the addict must be involved.
Some family members blame themselves for their loved one's drinking or may not realise why recovery is their loved one's primary concern. These problems are handled by meetings and members are assisted to understand alcoholism as a family illness.
Alateen- Al-Anon Meetings For Teenagers
Besides, Al-Anon has a group named Alateen organized specially for young people whose family member suffers from alcoholism.
Teens get to associate with each other and share experiences of how alcoholism has affected them.
The Benefits Of Attending 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. 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 throughout the nation. There is always an Al-Anon program near you and you just need to get in touch with us on 0800 772 3971 .
What Happens During The Meetings
Al-Anon gatherings are friends and family members of alcoholic addicts. 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. When thinking of attending a meeting, some things should be kept in mind
- 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
- No one is subject to talk about or discuss their issue, but it is encouraged
- The Meetings Usually Vary
- Some of them may be more effective for you than other ones.
- This group is not affiliated to any religion
- The meetings are concentrating on the 12-step program which has been designed by Al-Anon
Al -Anon meetings permit attendees to "take what they like and leave the rest", being conducted under a mantra. 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
Most meetings begin with a reading of Al Anon 12 Step program. The Alcoholics Anonymous started the 12 step recovery program that is being used in the Al-Anon meetings. Members of Al-Anon can take help from a sponsor who can assist them to work through the steps and is available for any support needed during hardships of any kind just as the case is with Alcoholics Anonymous. These steps are
- 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.
- Accepted that a Power greater than ourselves could bring back our mental health.
- Trying to change a person that has been affected by alcoholism can be a huge task and lead to breakdown.
- 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.
- Identifying that your life is being affected by alcoholism is one way of getting the best help.
- A list of how they may have offended themselves or their loved ones (such as with threats) is made by attendees.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrong doings.
- Thats a study of each listing in the group members moral inventory, which enables them to delve into each problem.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- This is an important step because it comes after accepting in full that the recovery process is supported by a greater power.
- Humbly ask him to remove our shortcomings.
- Members are assisted by this part of the 12 Steps to understand how they may have been dominating or judgmental toward an addict and how that is counterproductive.
- 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.
- Many people blame themselves for their loved ones addiction.
- They must agree to pardon themselves and make amends.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible unless 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.
- Even if the members have already completed their inventory, missteps are normal.
- 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 step that is personal and spiritual to encompass acceptance and comfort amid the 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.
- The last step is a realization that the members journey has not finished.
- Encouragement is provided to members to support other members with their education.
A Greater Understanding Of The Higher Power
Members of Al-Anon believe there is a "higher power' greater than themselves even though the group is not affiliated with any religion. Every member has their own religion affiliation. Al-Anon gladly accepts members from all religious traditions and denominations; nobody is forced to alter their beliefs here.