Hope & Help for Friends & Families of Alcoholics

Al-Anon’s Purpose

Our purpose is to help friends and families of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. Our focus is on ourselves, not the alcoholic. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism with a friend or relative.  There are no dues or fees. More…

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For the Newcomer

Welcome to Al-Anon! We know that you will find help and hope in meetings. We offer here answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our fellowship. Read FAQs, watch our PSAs or listen to our Podcasts.

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For Young People

Alateen is the recovery program for teens & preteens affected by someone else’s drinking. More…

Who may attend Al-Anon meetings?

Anyone who has been affected by someone else’s drinking in the past or present is welcome at any AL-ANON meeting. This belief is the basic “qualification” for participation in AL-ANON meetings. In a typical AL-ANON meeting, participants share and listen to the experiences, strengths and hopes of one another on a confidential and anonymous basis. Find a meeting…

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Please consider giving them a little time to help others  find the courage, love, strength, serenity, joy, hope and support that Al-Anon/Alateen offers. Find Out How…

This is a reminder to all Al-anon members about anonymity.

We thank you for your cooperation in practicing Tradition 12. Tradition 12: Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above personalities. Page 122 from (How Al-anon Works) states the following: “We can’t pick and choose whose anonymity we will respect and whose we will violate. Rather, we respect the privacy of every member. We refrain from mentioning the appearance of a celebrity in our home group just as we keep quiet about an Al-anon friend’s latest problems or achievements if we learned about them in a meeting.

Monthly Reminder: Use of Group Funds

Rent and Other Group Expenses: Our Tradition of self-support suggests that the expenses for the group’s operation such as rent, literature, insurance, supplies, post office box rental, Group Representative, and Information Service Representative expenses be met first.  Remaining funds may be used to support local and area structures and the World Service Office. At locations where rent may not be accepted, a supply of Al-Anon/Alateen Conference Approved Literature and local meeting schedules may be provided to the facility as an appropriate alternative.

Gifts to Members: Group funds are used for group purposes only, not for personal gifts to members.

Baby-Sitters: Some meetings are attended by members who must bring children.  Using group funds or taking a special collection to pay a babysitter at the meetings is within a group’s autonomy.  Paying for this type of service does not violate Traditions since avoiding disruption of a meeting benefits the group as a whole.

Donations to Outside Agencies: Contributions to any outside agency, activity, or program are not to be made from group funds, which are to be used for Al-Anon/Alateen purposes only. Al-Anon and Alateen Service Manual pg. 86.

Share Your Story

If you are an Al-Anon or Alateen member and would like to share your experience, strength & hope, please contact us!