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.

Is Al-Anon for me?

How does Al-Anon Work?

Al-Anon meets at various locations.  While they have no affiliation with any organization, Al-Anon many times meet at churches, libraries or community centers.  Meetings may even be held at a kitchen table in member’s homes.  It is an opportunity to find a quality life using the Al-Anon program.  Our Preamble states “In Al-Anon we discover that no situation is really hopeless and that it is possible for us to find contentment, and even happiness, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not”.  We urge you to join us.

Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism

Read the perspectives of Al-Anon members and professionals in our publication Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism.

History of Al-Anon

How did Al-Anon get started? Read about milestones in Al-Anon’s history timeline.