What is Al-Anon?
Since its founding in 1951, Al‑Anon Family Groups published more than 100 books and pamphlets that share Al-Anon’s single purpose: to help family and friends recover from the effects of someone else’s drinking.
This literature supplements the face-to-face meetings where Al‑Anon members share their insights and experiences with each other. Please check out meeting locations near you at the following websites:
Al-Anon literature develops entirely from the writings of Al-Anon members throughout the world. Al-Anon literature is usually available at Al-Anon meetings but can also be purchased directly on this website.
What is Al-Anon?
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.
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. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.
Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.
Suggested Al-Anon Preamble to the Twelve Steps
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To learn more about Al-Anon we encourage you to visit our local Al-Anon website at: www.Al-Anon.ab.ca (local) or www.Al-Anon.org (global). There you will find information that may help you, or someone else, who is suffering from the affects of someone else’s drinking.
What is Alateen?
Alateen is the same as Al-Anon with a few exceptions: 1) the members are teenagers; and 2) their meetings also have a few Al-Anon members present to assist with the meeting if called upon by Alateen members. The focus is the same as Al-Anon, to help family and friends of Alcoholics, the main difference is the age of the members.
To learn more about Alateen we encourage you to visit our local Al-Anon/Alateen website at: www.Al-Anon.ab.ca or globally at: www.Al-Anon.org. There you will find information that may help you, or someone else, who is suffering from the affects of someone else’s drinking.