About Al-Anon
Family Groups

Help For Friends and Family of Alcoholics

A series of podcasts, specially recorded to introduce you to Al-Anon meetings.

First Steps Podcasts

About Al-Anon

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.

* Used with permission from Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual, Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Has Your Life Been Affected by Someone Else’s Drinking?

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