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. Groups like these have been formed with the sole aim of being beneficial and therapeutic to such families.
Al-Anon was founded in 1951 with the aim of providing support for those affected by alcohol abuse by loved ones. Al-Anon was founded by Lois Wilson, also called Lois W, 16 years after her husband founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). She herself faced the challenge of supporting a convalescent alcoholic, so, she created an organization aimed at people with the same problem. Al-Anon is an organization self-supported through member donations. Support groups meetings help alcoholics' family members and friends to cope with the situation and treat their loved ones better, even if they haven't recovered yet.
Providing support to family members by making them understand that they are not alone in this struggle is the primary focus of Al-Anon.
The Effects On A Family Due To Alcoholism
Al-Anon sees alcoholism as a family illness, because it negatively affects both the drinkers and people around them. The recovery process is a joint effort and the family members and other people close to the addict must be involved.
Helping the addict recuperate should be the main concern of the family members and the friends. These problems are handled by meetings and members are assisted to understand alcoholism as a family illness.
Alateen- Al-Anon For Teenagers
Besides, Al-Anon has a group named Alateen organized specially for young people whose family member suffers from alcoholism.
Such meetings allow youngsters to meet with others of the same age, making their experience more relatable and efficient.
Reasons To Partake In An Al-Anon Group
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 advantage of Al-Anon is searching people who have had similar experiences to talk to. There are Al-Anon meetings all across the nation. Contact us on 0800 772 3971 for assistance in locating a group near you.
The Results Of These 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. The following are some of the key things to know when you are coming for the meetings:
Al-Anon is anonymous meaning you do not identify yourself in the meeting
All the members of this group have had an encounter with an alcoholic in their lives
No one is subject to talk about or discuss their issue, but it is encouraged
Different Types Of Meetings Are Held For Everyone
Some may be more beneficial for you than others.
Al-Anon is by no means a religious organization
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." Thus, meetings put an increased focus on talking about experiences and hardships rather than telling attendees what to do.
Most meetings begin with a reading of Al Anon 12 Step program. Adapted, from the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, these steps are nearly straight sword. 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 admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
Members can learn to accept alcoholism as a disease which they cannot control in others.
Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
members also learn they are driving themselves crazy by trying to change or control another person.
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.
A key step to the program and acceptance of learning to let go.
Carry out a thorough and undaunted 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 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.
Spiritual help is recognised as one way through which they can be helped.
Humbly ask 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.
The road to recovery is a personal effort.
Sometimes it not always your fault a person is addicted.
They must be willing and prepared to forgive themselves and to make amends.
Made amends to such people directly where feasible, except for the cases when doing so is likely to hurt 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.
To complete 12 Steps takes time.
Slipping up is quite normal despite members already having made an inventory.
Step 10 provides a recognition that this is an ongoing process.
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 a result of these steps we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in our affairs.
The last step includes perception that the persons journey is not over yet.
Encouragement is provided to members to support other members with their education.
Learning About The 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.