Al‑Anon Family Groups is a community resource that provides support to anyone affected by a relative or friend’s drinking. Currently, there are over 24,000 Al‑Anon groups and nearly 1,500 Alateen groups meeting in 118 countries.
Al-Anon Family Groups...
• Have only one requirement for membership—that each member has been affected by someone else’s drinking.
• Are a mutual support group for those affected by a loved one’s addiction to alcohol. Members meet to share their experiences and apply the Al‑Anon program to their lives. Spouses, partners, adult children of alcoholics, parents, and coworkers can all find help in Al‑Anon.
• Are a separate organization from Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.). Al‑Anon is, however, based on Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions that have been adapted from A.A.
• Are nonprofessional, self-supporting, spiritually based, and apolitical. It welcomes all cultures and is available almost anywhere
Features of the website include the following.
- Explanations of the group - its background, principles and methods
- Meeting Finder (In Person, Telephone and Online)
- Organization Information
- Online Store
Al-Anon is a mutual support group of peers who share their experience in applying the Al-Anon principles to problems related to the effects of a problem drinker in their lives. It is not group therapy and is not led by a counselor or therapist; This support network complements and supports professional treatment.
Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Many Alateen groups meet at the same time and location as an Al-Anon group. Alateen meetings are open only to teenagers. Alateen is not a program for young people seeking sobriety.