What Is Al-Anon?

Al-Anon IS ~ 12 Steps | 12 Traditions ~

  • A fellowship of relatives and friend of alcoholics who believe their lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.
  • A mutual support recovery program based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • A nonprofessional fellowship where members share their experience, strength, and hope to solve their common problems.
  • A program with the anonymity of all Al-Anon, Alateen, and AA members protected.
  • 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.

Al-Anon IS NOT

  • Allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution.
  • Involved in any outside issues–neither endorses nor opposes any cause.
  • Affiliated with AA, although both fellowships cooperate with one another.
  • Considered a religious organization, treatment center, provider, counseling agency, or teaching program.
  • Conducted by professionals.
  • Intended as a replacement for professional treatment or counseling.

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

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