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?

From our Daily Reader “A Little Time For Myself” p. 27  “I can’t control the pace that I heal and I can’t will anyone in my life to maintain sobriety.  Today, I can give recovery a chance to work in its own way and time.”

Working the Al-Anon program is different for every person.  A newcomer may hear scary words like “Surrender”, “Letting Go” and “Let God”.  But on the other side of fear, is recovery.  Al-Anon works by learning to trust a sponsor, studying the steps, applying the principles in the steps to our lives, and working with others.

From our closing that is read at the end of a meeting, “After a while you come to realize there is no situation too difficult to bettered and no unhappiness to great to be lessened.”  Through meetings, sharing honestly, listening, and connecting with a power greater than ourselves, we begin to heal, even when we might have thought we weren’t wounded.  

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.