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.
Many alcoholics have overcome this condition thanks to the help they get from Al-Anon which is a support group that started in 1951. This organization was founded by Lois Wilson, who is also popular by the name of Lois W and Al Anon came into being 16 years after the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous [AA] by her husband. 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 is an organization self-supported through member donations. 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.
The people close to the alcoholic person are also affected in one way or the other and Al-Anon seeks to help them also overcome the challenge they might be facing. 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. These problems are handled by meetings and members are assisted to understand alcoholism as a family illness.
Teens are also affected by alcoholism and that is why Alateen was formed within Al-Anon to help them.
During the Al-teen meetings, the youth meet with their peers and share experiences and support each other at their level.
Members benefit from Al-Anon because they are introduced to many people and families who suffer from alcoholism. People are different, although, Al-Anon members have all had similar experiences with their struggles. The main benefit of Al-Anon is having an opportunity to find and talk with individuals who's had similar experiences. These meetings are widespread all over the country. Call us on 0800 246 1509 to help you find one near you.
For anyone who is affected by someone else's drinking, Al- Anon meetings are for those. 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.
People always fear the unknown, and so the first meeting at Al-Anon is bound to be a challenge. The following are some of the key things to know when you are coming for the meetings:
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. Adapted, from the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, these steps are nearly straight sword. 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. These steps are:
Despite Al-Anon not being a religious program of any kind, the members within do have an acceptance of a greater power. The "higher power" or God is according to each person's perception of whom they consider Him to be. Al-Anon gladly accepts members from all religious traditions and denominations; nobody is forced to alter their beliefs here.