Al-Anon/Alateen is, is not

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.

Alateen is…

  • A part of Al-Anon.
  • For young people who have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. Virginia Beach, VA