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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.
“Suggested Al-Anon Preamble to the Twelve Steps” Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA
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More information about Al-Anon:
- Are You Troubled By Someone Else’s Drinking? 20 questions that may help to determine if Al-Anon is for you.
- Did You Grow Up With A Problem Drinker? 20 questions that may determine if alcoholism affected your childhood.
- FAQs about Al-Anon: These are some of the most common questions asked by those who want to know more our fellowship.
- The Al-Anon Twelve Steps & Traditions
- Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism (PDF) : Articles by members who share their experience, strength, and hope and other articles on how the program works.
- Detachment (PDF): What does it mean to detach with love?
- First Steps to Al-Anon Recovery: Audio podcasts from Al-Anon members who share their experience, strength and hope on different topics.
- Using Al-Anon’s Steps in Our Personal Lives: Podcasts from Al-Anon members on how they practice the Twelve Steps.
Attend a Meeting
It’s not unusual to feel unsure about going to your first Al‑Anon meeting. Many long-time Al‑Anon members still remember how reluctant they were to go to that meeting. They felt vulnerable, at a difficult time in their lives. But they found understanding and support there and were glad they went.
Here are a few things to keep in mind at your first meeting
- Al‑Anon is a mutual support group. Everyone at the meeting shares as an equal. No one is in a position to give advice or direction to anyone else. Everyone at the meeting has experienced a problem with someone else’s drinking.
- You are free to ask questions or to talk about your situation at your first meeting. If you’d rather just listen, you can say “I pass,” or explain that you’d just like to listen.
- Every meeting is different. Each meeting has the autonomy to be run as its members choose, within guidelines designed to promote Al‑Anon unity. Al‑Anon recommends that you try at least six different meetings before you decide if Al‑Anon will be helpful to you.
- Al‑Anon is not a religious program. Even when the meeting is held in a religious center, the local Al‑Anon group pays rent to that center and is not affiliated in any way with any religious group. Your religious beliefs—or lack of them—are not a subject for discussion at Al‑Anon meetings, which focus solely on coping with the effects of someone’s drinking. Here’s how one Al‑Anon member found the “Higher Power” of his own understanding.
- It will take some time to fully understand the significance of anonymity to the Al‑Anon program. But at its simplest level, anonymity means that the people in the room will respect the confidentiality of what you say and won’t approach you outside the room in a way that compromises your privacy or the privacy of anyone who attended an Al‑Anon meeting.
- The meeting will likely begin with a reading of the Twelve Steps of Al‑Anon. It will take some time to fully understand how the Twelve Steps can be a helpful tool in recovering from the effects of someone’s drinking. But Al‑Anon gives you the opportunity to grow at your own pace.