Al-Anon and Alateen have been in existence for over 60 years as a community resource. Providing support to those affected by someone else’s drinking. Today, there are more than 25,000 Al-Anon and Alateen groups meeting in 133 countries and 107 electronic (internet and telephone) meetings. All meetings are anonymous and confidential. There are no dues or fees for membership.
Disclaimer: In keeping with Traditions Eleven and Twelve, Al-Anon Family Groups respect the anonymity of all Al-Anon, Alateen, and Alcoholics Anonymous members. When any full-face image is published, the person in that image is not an Al-Anon, Alateen, or A. A. member.
Al-Anon is based on the principle and tradition of service where there is but one authority, a loving God expressed through a common group conscience. Our leaders do not govern, but are dedicated to serving rather than directing or controlling. We share in the tradition of serving with the purpose of helping those who have been affected by someone else's drinking. Many grateful members of Al-Anon have shared that volunteering to help others in loving ways, liberates us to move beyond our troubles and inspires a passion to contribute unconditionally. Service can be practiced in various ways by simply setting up chairs, welcoming newcomers, or sharing at a meeting. Instead of what life is giving us, perhaps we might profit more by asking what we ourselves can give.
Paraphrased from the following sources:
Courage to Change: One Day at a Time in Al-Anon II