Al-Anon

Al-Anon is…

A FELLOWSHIP of relatives and friends of alcoholics who believe their lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. A MUTUAL SUPPORT program based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A NONPROFESSIONAL fellowship where members share their experiences, strength, and hope to solve their common problems. A SPIRITUAL program that is compatible with all religious beliefs or none. A program with the SINGLE PURPOSE of helping families and friends of alcoholics, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. A WORLDWIDE fellowship with more than 26,000 groups, in over 115 countries, that has been in existence since 1951. COMPATIBLE with professional treatment. Statistics show 63% of its members received treatment/counseling after attending Al-Anon. FREE OF CHARGE and self-supporting through members’ voluntary contributions. There are no dues or fees for membership.

Al-Anon is not…

Allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution. Involved in any outside issues – neither endorces nor opposes any cause. Affiliated with AA, though both fellowships do cooperate with one another. Considered a religious organization, treatment center, counseling agency, or teaching program. Intended for families of drug abusers or individuals with other difficulties unless there is a problem of alcoholism as well. Conducted by professionals. Intended as a replacement for professional treatment.