Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who believe their lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.
 
 
 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 experience, 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...

 

  • Part of Al-Anon Family Groups. 
  • For young people who have been affected by someone else's drinking.

 

 
Alateen is NOT...
 
  • A Program for young people seeking sobriety.



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

Do you still have questions?

Additional information can be found by visiting 

Help and Hope for Families and Friends of Alcoholics

There you will find answers to more questions, videos & audio of actual Al-Anon members and links to meetings all over the World!

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For additional meetings and events in the State of Iowa visit  Iowa Area Al-Anon (link)
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