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Al-Anon Family Groups

The Brief History Of Al-Anon

A family of support groups for people that have been affected by the problem of alcoholism within their family is identified as Al-Anon. These gatherings provided much-needed support and healing.


Al- Anon is a support organization for the friends and family members of problem drinkers, founded in 1951. Lois Wilson, well-known simply as Lois W, whose husband launched Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), laid the foundation of Al-Anon organization 16 years after AA was established. 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 a self-supported organization which exists thanks to financial contributions from members. 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.


The key activity of Al-Anon is to support its members - drunkards' relatives - by making them realize that they are not alone.


Alcoholism Affecting A Family

Since it has a deleterious influence on both the drinker and those around them, Al-anon treats the disease of alcoholism as a family illness. A clear-cut system of friends and family members support is an integral part of recovery from alcoholism.

Sometimes alcoholics' family members blame themselves for their loved one's' drinking habits; they also may not fully understand why recovery should be their relative's priority. These problems are handled by meetings and members are assisted to understand alcoholism as a family illness.


Alateen Is Al-Anon For Teenagers

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.


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. Despite every individual being different Al-Anon commonly had interrelated experiences within their struggles. The main advantage of Al-Anon is searching people who have had similar experiences to talk to. Al-Anon meetings are held all over the country. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 for assistance in locating a group near you.


The Results Of These Meetings

The meetings held by Al-Anon are open to any individual who could be affected by the alcoholism of another individual. Al-Anon can assist you if you are anxious about someone's drinking habit or if their lifestyle affects you personally.

People always fear the unknown, and so the first meeting at Al-Anon is bound to be a challenge. When thinking of attending a meeting, some things should be kept in mind:

  • Al-Anon is anonymous, which is highly essential
  • Whether personally or through a family member, everyone in each meeting has been impacted by alcoholism
  • No One is made to speak about their problem or discuss it, just encouraged to
  • The Meetings Usually Vary
  • Some may be more beneficial for you than others.
  • Al-Anon is not an organization which is based on any religion
  • Al-Anon meetings follow the 12 Step program

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.


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The 12 Parts Of Al-Anon

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. An Al-Anon member is required to take on a sponsor who will help them work through the program and provide support when needed. These stages are:

  • 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.
  • 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 decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  • It is important that members learn to let go.
  • Made a searching and a fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  • A huge part of the steps are self-discovery, and this is the beginning of the procedure.
  • The group members write down a list of the instances when they may have been unfair to themselves or their significant others (for example, threats).
  • Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrong doings.
  • Writing each problem enables them to examine them one by one.
  • Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects 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.
  • 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.
  • Very often, righting a wrong starts with yourself.
  • Sometimes it not always your fault a person is addicted.
  • They must be willing and prepared to forgive themselves and to make amends.
  • Made direct amends to such people wherever possible unless to do so would injure them or others.
  • The next step is to take action, after you agree to make changes.
  • Went on making personal inventory and each time we were wrong, we admitted it at once.
  • It takes some period before you can complete the stages.
  • Though a member made a list of things they did wrong, sometimes you may find yourself repeating some things.
  • Step 10 identifies 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 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.
  • 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.

A Greater Understanding Of The Higher Power

Members do have an acceptance of a higher power, even though Al-Anon is not a religious program. The term "higher power" is, however, open to interpretation according to the personal beliefs of individuals. Al-Anon does not interfere with a member's religious convictions.