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.
Help is here for the asking. Please take a moment to ask yourself these questions: "Are You Troubled By
Someone's Drinking?" or "Did You Grow Up With A Problem Drinker?" If you identify with some of these
statements, it is important to know that help and hope for friends and families of alcoholics is just a phone call away.
What was my first meeting like?
The sound-tracks are from an anonymous members.
Why did I feel afraid to go to my first Al-Anon meeting?
What do you wish you knew about Al-Anon?
How Al-Anon Works for Me
In Al-Anon, members do not give direction or advice to other members. Instead, they share their personal
experiences and stories, and invite other members to "take what they like and leave the rest" -that is,
to determine for themselves what lesson they could apply to their own lives.
The best place to learn how Al-Anon works is at an Al-Anon meeting in your local community. Personal
contact is an important element in the healing process. These Web page selections may give you some
encouragement to visit your first meeting.
Newcomers to Al-Anon are often interested in learning from members whose personal situations most
closely resemble theirs. After attending Al-Anon meetings, they begin to understand how much they
have in common with everyone affected by someone else's drinking, regardless of the specific details
of their personal situation.
For Spouses and Partners
For Adult Children
Woman finds recovery from father's drinking and abuse
Man comes to understand father's violence
Dealing with my parents' alcoholism-one teen's story
Finding a productive path to help my grandchildren
Learning how to open my heart
After brother's treatment, woman finds support in Al-Anon