What is Al-Anon

What is Al-Anon and Alateen?
Al-Anon/Alateen is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics and is composed of non-professional, self-supporting, self-help groups. Anyone whose life is, or has been affected by a problem drinker, is eligible for membership. Alateen is a part of Al-Anon and is designed for the younger relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen meetings are conducted by the teens themselves and are guided by Al-Anon members.
What Al-Anon and Alateen Do.
Just as AA offers a new way of life to the alcoholic, Al-Anon and Alateen offer the adventure of a new way of life to the alcoholic’s family and friends. Meetings are devoted to understanding our own problems. Over time the Al-Anon and Alateen program shows us how to cope with our difficulties and we find a more serene approach to life.
Al-Anon/Alateen is:
A fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who believe their lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.


  • A self-help recovery program based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
  • A nonprofessional fellowship where members share their experience and hope to solve their common problem.
  • An anonymous program with the identity of all Al-Anon, Alateen and AA members protected.
  • A spiritual program that is compatible with all religious beliefs or none.
  • A program with the single purpose of helping families and friends of alcoholism whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.
  • Compatible with professional treatment. Statistics show 63% of 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.
  • You may attend and be welcomed at any meeting convenient for you (it doesn’t have to be a beginner’s meeting). All meetings on the Meeting List are Al-Anon or Alateen meetings.