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Al-Anon’s program of recovery is based on the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts of Service adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The Twelve Steps are a foundation for personal recovery, the Twelve Traditions help the thirty thousand Al-Anon and Alateen groups sustain unity and harmony; and the Twelve Concepts are guides for showing how Twelfth Step work can be done to spread Al-Anon’s message worldwide.
Who Are We?
Al-Anon is an organization comprised of persons whose lives have been negatively affected by someone else’s drinking. It is a recovery program for families and friends of alcoholics, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. Alateen, a part of Al-Anon, is for teens and preteens affected by someone else’s drinking, not for young alcoholics seeking sobriety for themselves.
We believe that alcoholism is a family illness.
We understand that we did not cause the disease, we cannot control it and we cannot cure it; but, we friends and relatives of the alcoholic, by changing our own attitude, can choose recovery and a better life for ourselves while still giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.
We have come together with the firm belief that by sharing our experience, strength and hope, we will all be better prepared to handle the present and move forward into a brighter, more serene future.
There are no dues or fees for membership. We are fully self supporting through our own voluntary contributions.
The sole purpose of Al-Anon is to help the family and friends of the problem drinker.