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.
For the Newcomer
Al-Anon suggests that you attend at least six meetings, as close together as possible, before you decide whether or not Al-Anon is for you. Al-Anon is not a religious program. It is a spiritual program. It is a fellowship where we share our experience, strength, and hope. We do not come here to learn how to stop the drinking. We do come here for ourselves; to learn how to deal with our own pain. This is our program of recovery from the effects of the disease of alcoholism. In Al-Anon we focus on ourselves rather than the alcoholic, on solutions rather than problems.
Watch this video to see what some members say.