A family of support groups for people that have been affected by the problem of alcoholism within their family is identified as Al-Anon. 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. Lois W sort to help others suffering at the hands of alcoholics like herself. Al-Anon is an organization self-supported through member donations. 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.
The fight against alcoholism is a joint undertaking and that is the objective of this support group.
Alcoholism Is A Family Illness
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. A clear-cut system of friends and family members support is an integral part of recovery from alcoholism.
Many family members are known to blame themselves for the drinking problem of their loved one, and in many cases do not understand why the recovery of their loved one is a 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
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.
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
Alcoholism has affected many people directly and indirectly and you will meet these people in this program. All are different, yet Al- Anon members have all had similar experiences in their struggles. Al-Anon provides a key benefit and that is to help people finding others who have had similar experiences to talk about. These meetings are widespread all over the country. Call us on 0800 772 3971 to help you find 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 just need to identify whether the alcoholism of a particular individual is concerning you and make it known it is affecting your lifestyle, and rest assured that Al-Anon can provide the assistance you need.
Some of the attendees are reluctant to go to their first meeting because they do not know what to expect. Certain things to remember when considering attending a meeting:
Al-Anon is anonymous meaning you do not identify yourself in the meeting
Every member from the organization has been affected by alcoholism regardless of whether it is a personal problem or through a family member
No One is made to speak about their problem or discuss it, just encouraged to
Different Types Of Meetings Are Held For Everyone
Some could be more productive for you than the others.
Al-Anon is by no means a religious organization
Al-Anon meetings follow the 12 Step program
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. The members get to go about their own personal experiences.
As a rule, group meetings begin with reading of Al Anon 12 Step program. These 12 steps have been adapted from a similar program which is also implemented by 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 did admit we were powerless over alcoholism, that our lives became unmanageable indeed.
This is the point where alcoholism recognised as a conditioner that has affected them all.
Accepted that a Power greater than ourselves could bring back our mental health.
Members frequently motivate themselves to the brink by trying to reform or control their loved one.
When they understand they cannot do anything to change their loved one, people are now able to accept they can relax and let go for their peace of mind.
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.
Carry out a thorough and undaunted moral inventory of ourselves.
A huge part of the steps are self-discovery, and this is the beginning of the procedure.
Attendees have the option of creating a list of how they could have wronged themselves or their loved ones with examples like threats issued, Etc.
Admitted to god, to ourselves and to other human being the precise 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.
When they reach This point, the member can realize the part they played by judging and trying to control their loved ones which could have driven them into more drinking.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Mostly, doing changes begins with yourself.
Sometimes it not always your fault a person is addicted.
Personal acceptance and pardoning is also a way to getting help.
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.
Went on making personal inventory and each time we were wrong, we admitted it at once.
Going through the 12 Steps is a process that takes time.
Slipping up is quite normal despite members already having made an inventory.
Step 10 identifies this is an ongoing process.
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 is a personal, spiritual step that involves acceptance and comfort amongst the anxiety 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.
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.
Knowledge Of Higher Power
Although Al-Anon's program is not a religious one, members do experience insights into higher power. However, the notion of "higher power" can be interpreted depending on one's personal beliefs. Al-Anon gladly accepts members from all religious traditions and denominations; nobody is forced to alter their beliefs here.