Al-Anon Info for Professionals & Students

Please note that Al-Anon is an anonymous fellowship.  All meetings are closed* to observers, unless otherwise indicated on the meeting list as open.  Anniversary Meetings listed on our Events page are also open meetings.  Please respect our privacy and our traditions. 

*Closed Meetings are closed to observers only.  They are always open to anyone who is personally affected by someone else’s drinking.

See this Fact Sheet of Al-Anon Info for Professionals==> Info for Professionals 


  • Al-Anon is an international fellowship.
  • Al-Anon’s only membership requirement is that there be a drinking problem in a relative or friend.
  • Al-Anon is free and non-professional.
  • Al-Anon has a Public Outreach service that provides information to professionals.
  • Al-Anon publishes Al-Anon Speaks Out, a free biannual newsletter for members of the professional community.
  • Alateen, a part of Al-Anon, is for teenage members of the family.
  • Al-Anon groups for adult children, parents, men and other special focus groups function under the umbrella of Al-Anon Family Groups.
  • Al-Anon/Alateen has a Lone Member Service for those unable to attend a meeting.
  • Al-Anon/Alateen holds open meetings which professionals are invited to attend.
  • Al-Anon/Alateen has 24-hour toll free 800 numbers for a free introductory packet of literature for professionals:USA 800-356-9996
    Canada 800-714-7498


  • a member of the business community;
  • a physician and/or health care worker;
  • a law and/or law enforcement professional;
  • a member of the mental health field; a member of the clergy; educator; or a Student and would like further information about Al-Anon or Alateen, please contact us:


phone: (914) 946-1748

Adapted from Al-Anon Speaks To You, The Professional (P-58). Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.

The 1999 Al-Anon/Alateen Membership Survey revealed that 51% of our members were referred to Al-Anon by professionals. Many Al-Anon members continue to seek professional assistance in addition to regular attendance at meetings. The role between Al-Anon and the professional community has always been one of interchange, cooperation and support.

Al-Anon Family Groups, which includes Alateen, has been in existence for 50 years as a community resource providing support to those affected by someone else’s drinking. Today, there are nearly 30,000 Al-Anon and Alateen groups meeting in 115 countries.