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Al-Anon Family Groups

The Brief History Of Al-Anon

A family of support groups for people who have been affected by alcoholism in their family is Al-Anon. The goal of theses groups is to be advantageous and therapeutic.


Al Anon was founded in 1951 and is an organization which provides support to the friends and family members of people who are addicted to alcohol. 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. Dealing with the difficulties of providing support to a recovering alcoholic during her life, she decided to create an organization for people similar to her. Al-Anon is an organization self-supported through member donations. The family of the addicts usually get tips on how they can help their loved ones and live comfortably with them.


These groups help their members know there are others like them.


Alcoholism Affecting The Whole Family

Al-Anon considers the problem of alcoholism as a family illness because of the negative impact it has both on the alcoholic and the people surrounding them. For an alcoholic to recover, they need the support of friends and family.

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

The youth are also affected by alcoholism in their family, so Al-Anon has formed a wing to help the youngsters called Al-teen.

Teens get to associate with each other and share experiences of how alcoholism has affected them.


The Benefits Of Attending An Al-Anon Group

Alcoholism has affected many people directly and indirectly and you will meet these people in this program. Despite every individual being different Al-Anon commonly had interrelated experiences within their struggles. The main benefit of Al-Anon is having an opportunity to find and talk with individuals who's had similar experiences. There are Al-Anon meetings available all across our country. Give us a call on 0800 246 1509 to assist you find one close by you.


Expectations For A Meeting

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.

The outcomes of these meetings is what scares some people from coming. Here are some things to remember when considering whether to attend a meeting:

  • First and foremost, attending Al-Anon is anonymous
  • Everybody present in each meeting has faced the problem of alcoholism, either personally or has a family member suffering from it
  • You are not forced to talk or discuss your issues though it is encouraged
  • The Meetings Usually Vary
  • Some may be more beneficial for you than others.
  • There is no religious base for Al-Anon
  • Meetings are focused on Al-Anon 12 step program

The Al-Anon meetings work on the "take what you like and leave the rest" philosophy 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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The 12 Parts Of Al-Anon

The recovery stages are outlined before the meeting starts. The 12 steps were adapted from the AA 12 Step program. 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 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.
  • Members often drive themselves to the brink in an attempt to change or control their loved one.
  • After admitting that they are powerless they begin to understand the fact that they can be brought back to sanity.
  • 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.
  • Self-discovery is an essential component of the steps, and this is the start of that.
  • Attendees have the option of creating a list of how they could have wronged themselves or their loved ones with examples like threats issued, Etc.
  • Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Many people blame themselves for their addiction of their loved one.
  • They must learn to forgive and make it right for themselves.
  • Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  • As soon as you are ready to make amends, the next step is actually to do it.
  • Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  • Passing through these twelve Steps is a time-consuming process.
  • Members are ready with an inventory, yet making an error is common.
  • 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 personal, spiritual step that involves acceptance and comfort amongst the anxiety 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.
  • After this, group members are encouraged to support others by sharing what they have already 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. Nevertheless, the term " higher power" is open to imply as one's own individual beliefs. Members of all religions and beliefs are accepted at Al-Anon and none is coerced to change their beliefs.