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. Al-Anon was founded by Lois Wilson, also called Lois W, 16 years after her husband founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The group was started for the sole purpose of assisting alcoholic family members recover which was something she was facing in her life. Al-Anon thrives through the contributions of its 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.
To assist members by having them understand they aren't alone in their struggle, is the principal target of Al-Anon.
The Effects On A Family Due To Alcoholism
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. For an alcoholic to recover, they need the support of friends and family.
Helping the addict recuperate should be the main concern of the family members and the friends. Meetings deal with these issues and make members understand that alcoholism is a family illness.
Alateen- Al-Anon Meetings For Teenagers
A particular group called Alateen assists young people impacted by alcoholism in their family is also run by Al-Anon.
Such meetings allow youngsters to meet with others of the same age, making their experience more relatable and efficient.
Al-Anon Group Advantages
Members benefit from Al-Anon because they are introduced to many people and families who suffer from alcoholism. All members have worked through some issues though the details may differ. The main advantage of Al-Anon is searching people who have had similar experiences to talk to. There are Al-Anon meetings all across the nation. Call us on 0800 772 3971 to help you find one near you.
Expectations For A Meeting
For anyone who is affected by someone else's drinking, Al- Anon meetings are for those. If you are worried about somebody's heavy drinking or if the drunkard's lifestyle somehow affects your life , Al-Anon will help you.
The outcomes of these meetings is what scares some people from coming. When thinking of attending a meeting, some things should be kept in mind:
Al-Anon is a group that is unidentified
Everyone in that room is affected one way or another by the alcoholism of a friend or family member
Getting things off your chest is one way of recovery encouraged in this group although it is not mandatory
These Meetings Are Of Different Types
Some of them may be more effective for you than other ones.
Al-Anon is by no means a religious organization
These meetings are focused on the 12 Step program 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." Based on this formula the meetings concentrate on the sharing of experiences and the hardships of the attendees rather than giving them any instructions about what they should do.
The recovery stages are outlined before the meeting starts. 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 stages are:
We did admit we were powerless over alcoholism, that our lives became unmanageable indeed.
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.
Trying to change a person that has been affected by alcoholism can be a huge task and lead to breakdown.
They understand to accept that they can revert to sanity, after acknowledging they are powerless.
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.
A huge part of the steps are self-discovery, and this is the beginning of the procedure.
They then come up with how they have been affected by the condition and what they might have done to hurt others or themselves.
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to others human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Then follows going through the list one item at a time and dealing with each.
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 twelve step process helps people realize how controlling or judgmental they have been towards an alcoholic and how counterproductive it is.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
The road to recovery is a personal effort.
Most people believe they caused their loved one to start drinking.
These people had better be willing to forgive and make amends to 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.
Went on making personal inventory and each time we were wrong, we admitted it at once.
To complete 12 Steps takes time.
Slipping up is quite normal despite members already having made an inventory.
Step 10 makes this clear that the process takes long.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious effort with god as we understood him praying only for the knowledge of his will and the power to carry that out.
Self acceptance is the major key to all the stages 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 journey of the member is not over.
It is a support group and members get to assist other members get through the whole process.
Knowledge Of Higher Power
Members recognise there is a spiritual power that helps them to recover. The term "higher power" is, however, open to interpretation according to the personal beliefs of individuals. Al-Anon is open to members of all religions and beliefs and accepts them with a commitment that no one will be forced to alter his or her belief.