Al-Anon Family Groups Area 61

Strength and Hope ~ 12 Steps | 12 Traditions | 12 Concepts ~

To the Potential Newcomer

Your inquiry is confidential and anonymous. If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, we encourage you to browse our web site for information about our program.

Al-Anon’s Purpose

Al-Anon’s purpose is to help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. Similarly, Alateen is our recovery program for young people. Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members.

Our program of recovery is adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and is based upon the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts of Service.

The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.

Al-Anon/Alateen is not affiliated with any other organization or outside entity.


Each Al-Anon Family Group has one purpose: to help families and friends of alcoholics. This is achieved by:

  • Offering comfort, hope and friendship to the families and friends of compulsive drinkers.
  • Providing the opportunity to learn to grow spiritually through living by the Twelve Steps adopted from Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Sharing experience in coping with the disease of alcoholism and how the program helps in giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

Literature and Materials

Al-Anon and Alateen publications are based upon the shared experience, strength and hope of our membership and their application of Al-Anon’s principles to their lives. Our literature is available in over 40 languages.

Mutual Support

Whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not, Al-Anon offers hope and recovery to all people affected by the alcoholism of a loved one or friend.

Reprinted with Permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc, Virginia Beach, VA

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