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 aim of these groups is to be recuperative and curative.
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. Lois W sort to help others suffering at the hands of alcoholics like herself. Al-Anon is an organization which supports itself through donations provided by members. 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.
Providing support to family members by making them understand that they are not alone in this struggle is the primary focus of Al-Anon.
Alcoholism Affecting The Whole Family
Al-Anon sees alcoholism as a family illness, because it negatively affects both the drinkers and people around them. Important to the alcoholic's recovery is the friend and family support system.
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 Is Al-Anon For Teenagers
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.
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. Being with people who understand your struggles and whom you can talk to is a big plus. 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
The meetings held by Al-Anon are open to any individual who could be affected by the alcoholism of another individual. You can get all the help required if you are being affected by the drinking behaviour of a person you know.
The outcomes of these meetings is what scares some people from coming. Here are some things to remember when considering whether to attend a meeting:
Al-Anon is anonymous, which is highly essential
Everybody present in each meeting has faced the problem of alcoholism, either personally or has a family member suffering from it
No One is made to speak about their problem or discuss it, just encouraged to
There Are Several Kinds Of Meetings
Some may be more beneficial for you than others.
Al-Anon is not an organization which is based on any religion
The 12 recovery steps are followed in this group
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. Thus, meetings put an increased focus on talking about experiences and hardships rather than telling attendees what to do.
Every meeting begins with the reading of Al-Anon's twelve-step program. The Alcoholics Anonymous started the 12 step recovery program that is being used in the Al-Anon meetings. 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. These steps are:
We admit that 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.
Members often drive themselves to the brink in an attempt to change or control their loved one.
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.
Self-discovery is an essential component of the steps, and this is the start of that.
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 others human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Writing each problem enables them to examine them one by one.
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 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.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed and be willing to make amends with them.
Mostly, doing changes begins with yourself.
Many people blame themselves for their addiction of their loved one.
They must agree to pardon themselves and 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.
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 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.
The last step includes perception that the persons journey is not over yet.
It is a support group and members get to assist other members get through the whole process.
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. The "higher power" or God is according to each person's perception of whom they consider Him to be. All religions are well represented and no one is forced to change to another religion.