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 goal of theses groups is to be advantageous and therapeutic.
Many alcoholics have overcome this condition thanks to the help they get from Al-Anon which is a support group that started in 1951. 16 years after Bill W founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon was founded by Lois W. his wife and Anne B. Lois W sort to help others suffering at the hands of alcoholics like herself. Al-Anon is a self-supported organization which exists thanks to financial contributions from members. The family of the addicts usually get tips on how they can help their loved ones and live comfortably with them.
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. It is integral for the alcoholic's recovery to have a family and friend support system around them.
Lack of understanding the cause of their loved one's drinking problem makes family members suffer self-condemnation and also not know how to deal with the problem. 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 Is Al-Anon For Teenagers
A particular group called Alateen assists young people impacted by alcoholism in their family is also run by Al-Anon.
Teens get to associate with each other and share experiences of how alcoholism has affected them.
Al-Anon Group Advantages
The people in the group are struggling like you or are going through what you are experiencing as a victim of alcoholism. The best part about this program is that you can all relate with the same issue. With this program, you get to share experiences with people who have faced situations similar to yours. Al-Anon meetings are held throughout the nation. Give us a call on 0800 772 3971 to assist you find one close by you.
Expectations For A Meeting
Al-Anon gatherings are friends and family members of alcoholic addicts. 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. The following are some of the key things to know when you are coming for the meetings:
Al-Anon is a group that is unidentified
Every member from the organization has been affected by alcoholism regardless of whether it is a personal problem or through a family member
Getting things off your chest is one way of recovery encouraged in this group although it is not mandatory
Meetings Offered Can Vary
You may find some more beneficial to you than others.
This group is not affiliated to 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. 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.
Every meeting begins with the reading of Al-Anon's twelve-step program. These 12 steps have been adapted from a similar program which is also implemented by Alcoholics Anonymous. Al-Anon members start with a sponsor who assists them work through the steps and who is ready for help in times of difficulty, mostly similar to AA. The 12 Steps are as follows:
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.
Pretty often members try to change or control their significant others and drive themselves to the verge.
The members then recognise the fact that there is a solution out there for them.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Accepting the condition and seeking help is the best way of solving it.
Made a searching and a fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Self-discovery is an essential component of the steps, and this is the start of that.
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 another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Permitting them to dig into each issue, this is an examination of every thing in the members moral inventory.
Got fully ready to have God eliminate all the flaws of character.
This is a very important step, as it is the complete acceptance of the process of recovery supported by a Higher Power.
calmly begged Him to remove our drawbacks.
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 be willing to make amends with them.
The road to recovery is a personal effort.
Lots of people tend to blame themselves for addiction of their significant others.
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.
After you are willing to make amends, the following step is to act on 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 which will take 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 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.
Step 12 involves the member acknowledging the story has not ended.
Members are then motivated to assist other members with what they have learned.
What Is 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 does not interfere with a member's religious convictions.