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.
Al-Anon Is a worldwide
organization that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of
alcoholics whether or not the alcoholic seeks help or even recognizes the
existence of a drinking problem. Members give and receive comfort and understanding
through a mutual exchange of experiences, strength and hope. Sharing of similar
problems binds individuals and groups together in a bond that is protected by a
policy of anonymity.
Al-Anon Is Not a religious
organization or a counseling agency. It is not a treatment center nor is it
allied with any other organization offering such services. Al-Anon Family
Groups, which includes Alateen for teenage members, neither express opinions on
outside issues nor endorse outside enterprises. No dues or fees are required.
Membership is voluntary, requiring only that one's own life has been adversely
affected by someone else's drinking problem.
Three Legacies: Al-Anon's program of recovery is based on the Twelve Steps and
Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Steps are the foundation for personal recovery in Al-Anon, and the Traditions help Al-Anon groups sustain their unity and fellowship. The Twelve Concepts of Service provide guidance for
service in the Al-Anon fellowship.