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What Is Al-Anon

The Brief History Of Al-Anon

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 fight against alcoholism is a joint undertaking and that is the objective of this support group.


Alcoholism Affecting The Whole Family

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.


Alateen- Al-Anon Groups For Teens

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.


Why Join An Al-Anon Group

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.


What You Can Expect From A Meeting

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:

  • Al-Anon is an anonymous group, and this can be considered as extremely important
  • 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
  • The Meetings Usually Vary
  • Some could be more productive for you than the others.
  • Al-Anon is not based on any religion
  • 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. 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.


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Al-Anon And The 12 Stages

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:

  • We did admit we were powerless over alcoholism, that our lives became unmanageable indeed.
  • Members can learn to accept alcoholism as a disease which they cannot control in others.
  • Accepted that a Power greater than ourselves could bring back our mental health.
  • Trying to change a person that has been affected by alcoholism can be a huge task and lead to breakdown.
  • After admitting that they are powerless they begin to understand the fact that they can be brought back to sanity.
  • 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.
  • Identifying that your life is being affected by alcoholism is one way of getting the best help.
  • 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.
  • Thats a study of each listing in the group members moral inventory, which enables them to delve into each problem.
  • Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  • This step allows the member to off-load his recovery to someone greater and bigger than themselves to handle.
  • Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  • Members are assisted by this part of the 12 Steps to understand how they may have been dominating or judgmental toward an addict and how that is counterproductive.
  • Drew up a list of all people we had harmed, and became willing to right a wrong for them all.
  • Usually, making up for the wrongs done begins with oneself.
  • Many people blame themselves for their loved ones addiction.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Passing through these twelve Steps is a time-consuming process.
  • Even if the members have already completed their inventory, missteps are normal.
  • Step 10 makes this clear that the process takes long.
  • 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 step is a personal, spiritual one; it comprises acceptance and comfort in view of the great stress of recovery.
  • Having experienced a spiritual awakening thanks to these steps, we tried to spread the word to other people, and to always practice these principles.
  • The last step is a realization that the journey of the member is not over.
  • Members are then motivated to assist other members with what they have learned.

Knowledge Of Higher Power

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.