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Al-Anon Family Groups

Al-Anon History

Al-Anon is a network of family support groups, which helps persons whose families are affected by alcoholism. Groups like these have been formed with the sole aim of being beneficial and therapeutic to such families.


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. Al-Anon was founded by Lois Wilson, also called Lois W, 16 years after her husband founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). 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 which supports itself through donations provided by members. Meetings are available to assist family members and friends of alcoholics adjust and better serve their loved ones, even if their loved ones have not recovered.


To assist members by having them understand they aren't alone in their struggle, is the principal target of Al-Anon.


Alcoholism Being A Family Illness

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. For an alcoholic to recover, they need the support of friends and family.

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. The Al-Anon group meetings help bring these issues to light and teach members how to deal with alcoholism as it affects the whole family.


Alateen- Al-Anon For Teenagers

Besides, Al-Anon has a group named Alateen organized specially for young people whose family member suffers from alcoholism.

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. People are different, although, Al-Anon members have all had similar experiences with their struggles. Al-Anon provides a key benefit and that is to help people finding others who have had similar experiences to talk about. These meetings are widespread all over the country. Give us a call on 0800 246 1509 to assist you find one close by you.


What You Should Anticipate From A Meeting

If you know someone who is an alcoholic, then Al-Anon is the best place for you. 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.

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 anonymous meaning you do not identify yourself in the meeting
  • Everyone in that room is affected one way or another by the alcoholism of a friend or family member
  • No one is subject to talk about or discuss their issue, but it is encouraged
  • These Meetings Are Of Different Types
  • You may find some more beneficial to you than others.
  • Al-Anon is by no means a religious organization
  • 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. The members get to go about their own personal experiences.


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Al-Anon 12 Steps

Every meeting begins with the reading of Al-Anon's twelve-step program. The 12 steps were adapted from the AA 12 Step program. Similarly to AA, Al-Anon members rely on a facilitator who guides them through the steps and who is always ready to support when the going gets tough. The steps are as follows:

  • We admit that we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
  • This is the point where alcoholism recognised as a conditioner that has affected them all.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Learning to let go is a primary step in the program and acceptance.
  • 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.
  • 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 others human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  • Writing each problem enables them to examine them one by one.
  • Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  • This step is highly essential as it is the complete acceptance of the recovery process supported by a Higher Power.
  • Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  • 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.
  • Drew up a list of all people we had harmed, and became willing to right a wrong for them all.
  • Mostly, doing changes begins with yourself.
  • 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.
  • Working on the steps of recovery and help after forgiving yourself is the next step.
  • Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  • Passing through these twelve Steps is a time-consuming process.
  • Though a member made a list of things they did wrong, sometimes you may find yourself repeating some things.
  • Step 10 makes this clear that the process takes long.
  • Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious effort with god as we understood him praying only for the knowledge of his will and the power to carry that out.
  • Self acceptance is the major key to all the stages 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.
  • They are encouraged with support to use what they have learned to assist others.

What Is 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 term "higher power" is, however, open to interpretation according to the personal beliefs of individuals. All religions are well represented and no one is forced to change to another religion.