What is Al-Anon?
Al-Anon is a worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. Members gain comfort and understanding through sharing their experience, strength and hope. Al-Anon is based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous. Al-Anon is a separate fellowship from AA.
Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with alcoholism. This is done by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic. There are no dues or fees for membership. The only requirement is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend. Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any cause.
Sharing of similar problems binds individuals and groups together in a bond that is protected by a tradition of anonymity. Anonymity is the foundation of the Al-Anon organization. Be assured that your call to Al-Anon or presence at a meeting will be held confidential. What is said member to member will be kept confidential and what is shared in a meeting stays in a meeting.
Online meetings and support is a great resource for both newcomers to, and old time members of Al-Anon. It is not suggested that they replace face to face meetings and contact with other Al-Anon members in your community, unless truly nescessary. However, they do provide many with a way to start or continue the journey of healing and recovery for those adversely effected by a family members or friends alcoholism. We invite you to join us in our chat room for online meetings and general support between the meetings, as well as interact on our group message board. Use the links in the left column and below to join us!
Here are a few things to keep in mind at your first meeting
**Al-Anon is a mutual support group. Everyone at the meeting shares as an equal. No one is in a position to give advice or direction to anyone else. Everyone at the meeting has experienced a problem with someone else’s drinking.
**NO CROSS-TALKING ALLOWED During meetings.
Crosstalk means we do not interrupt during shares, (when someone has been given the floor by the chairperson) give advise, or directly refer to or comment on the details of another member's share, either in our own shares or in our response to theirs. We share only our own personal experience, strength and hope related to the topic . To share on the topic or introduce yourself and ask a question at the beginnning of the meeting, please indicate that you would like to do so in the text box by using a exclaimation mark (!) to raise your hand and the meeting chairperson will call on you in the order your hand was raised.
**You are free to ask questions or to talk about your situation at your first meeting. If you’d rather just listen, you can say “I pass,” or explain that you’d just like to listen if called on to share.
**Every meeting is different. Each meeting has the autonomy to be run as its members choose, within guidelines designed to promote Al-Anon unity. Al-Anon recommends that you try at least six different meetings before you decide if Al-Anon will be helpful to you.
**Al-Anon is not a religious program. Even when the meeting is held in a religious center, the local Al-Anon group pays rent to that center and is not affiliated in any way with any religious group. Your religious beliefs—or lack of them—are not a subject for discussion at Al-Anon meetings, which focus solely on coping with the effects of someone’s drinking. It is suggested that each person find a Higher Power of their own understanding that they can utilize as a part of their recovery effort. No one will try to promote theirs upon you. A person can share what theirs did for them, but they cannot share what theirs would do for you. Your spiritual development is a personal journey and we respect that.
**It will take some time to fully understand the significance of anonymity to the Al-Anon program. But at its simplest level, anonymity means that the people in the room will respect the confidentiality of what you say and won’t approach you outside the room in a way that compromises your privacy or the privacy of anyone who attended an Al-Anon meeting.
**The meeting will likely begin with a reading of the Twelve Steps of Al-Anon. It will take some time to fully understand how the Twelve Steps can be a helpful tool in recovering from the effects of someone’s drinking. But Al-Anon gives you the opportunity to grow at your own pace.
**Please enter a unusual nickname for yourself in the box above the "connect" button on the room entrance page. (Replace the mib_### with your nickname) before you click "connect". This will give us a name to get to know you by as you establsih yourself in the group and return for support frequently. (example of a nickname; Hope42day, Lost&Found, WhisperingPeace.) These are just examples, pick a nickname for yourself that you will remember and use when you join us. Thanks!
What Is Miracles In Progress?
Miracles In Progress 12 Step Recovery Forums was initally established on the internet in 1998 by a very small group of 5 people in recovery that found each other online and joined together in a chat room to share from time to time. Today, we provide web space for seven (7) different 12 step groups. MIP is much like a church or other local community organization that provides space for 12 step groups to meet and gather in their facility. Each group is independent and not aligned or affliated in any way with any other 12 step group that meets on the forum or the facility/site as a whole. As with any other facility, our conduct as individuals and as a group is important and what allows us the privledge of using the web space provided. The founder and administrator of the MIP site welcomes any questions, suggestions or comments from its users. As with most groups the Business Meeting Chairperson is the liason between the group and the facility/site administration.
Most who make a 7th tradition contribution in face to face meetings, contribute one dollar at the 1 hour meeting they are attending. Our group holds 14 meetings a week, two each day that you have access to from any where in the world, does not take you away from your home, does not cost any gas to get to or from, and our room and message board is accessible 24 hours a day. If you were to make a ten dollar donation each month, divided by the 56 meetings per month that you have immediate access to, that would equal approximately .18 cents per available meeting each month. This would be a great way to make sure the doors stay open and these resources remain available to the newcomer seeking a new way of life.