“GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE, COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN AND THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE”
I give ALL of the credit for my salvation and recovery to God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. God has used many different things and interactions to bring me to the place of recovery where I am at right now. If it were not for Him I would not be alive, I would not come as far as I have and definitely would not be typing this blog. I have started this blog with the purpose of sharing my experiences, strength and my Hope to all who are on the same mountain climbing expedition as me. My own personal hope is that it will help some who are on the same path as me.
According to the online Merriman-Webster dictionary the definition of serenity is: the quality or state of being serene: PEACEFULNESS
You may look at the word Al-Anon and say “no, this is definitely not for me” but if you have read any part of my testimony or know who I am, please give a little of your time by reading this. There was a time when I said that Al-Anon saved my life. Now, I give ALL the credit to God but I endorse Al-Anon as a very effective tool that anyone (especially Christians) can benefit from.
Just what exactly is Al-Anon? Many people misinterpret what it is and what I want to do is explain a little about my own experience with this non-profit, autonomous and anonymous organization.
Now, I could go to Al-Anon literature and get some of their information to copy, paste and post but I am not going to do that. I am going to speak from my heart.
The initial startup for them was that they are a spin off or sister program to AA or Alcoholics Anonymous. If you have heard about AA then you may have heard about Gambler’s Anonymous (GA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Sex Addicts Anonymous (SSA), Sexaholics Anonymous (SA), Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA), Overeaters Anonymous (OA), Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families (ACODF), etc. All of these programs and many other recovery programs pattern themselves after AA. AA and its sister programs are generally referred to as 12-Step Programs.
The reason that I am more familiar with Al-Anon is because it is the program that has always best fit my needs and it was started for the spouses, family members, friends and anyone else who may be connected to someone from the programs in the previous paragraph. Anyone is welcome to the meetings, they are totally anonymous, there are no membership fees or dues, they have a plethora of literature (books and brochures) that they sell at cost and there are meetings worldwide. In the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex where I live you can find more than one meeting a day at many locations and at almost any time of the day.
I believe that Al-Anon is worth a try for anyone who is seeking recovery. Basically you will get out of it what you put into it. God is in it. That is the most important part for me. There are many Christians who do not really know a lot about Al-Anon, who bash it. I disagree with them. The Christians whom I have talked to who bash Al-Anon usually come up with doctrinal technicalities that sound somewhat legalistic. The first book that I read from cover to cover from any of the “12 Step Programs” was what is referred to as the AA Big Book which was the first book that was published by AA that explained in detail what the origins of the program were and the details of how the very first members worked the program. My advice to anyone is don’t bash it unless you have tried it! Try a few meetings before you make a decision. All meetings have their own personality, too. If you don’t like the personality of one meeting then try another location if one is available.
Al-Anon will help you relieve the pressure while you work on your issues. You will find people there who are in all phases of recovery. They will accept you with open arms wherever you are in your recovery. They will be patient with you and all they ask in return is that you to be patient with them. You will find that you are no longer alone; Al-Anon has a key phrase in the presentation of everything they believe and that I adhere to. It is this:
“Take what you need and leave the rest.”
I will close for today but will continue in my next blog with more about my own experiences with Al-Anon.
Love and blessings to you, Godspeed,