What Is 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.
– The Suggested Preamble to the Twelve Steps

“What is Al-Anon and Alateen” page on the Al-Anon Family Groups Headquarters Website

Is Al-Anon for me?

Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism

Read the perspectives of Al-Anon members and professionals in our publication Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism.

History of Al-Anon

How did Al-Anon get started? Read about milestones in Al-Anon’s history timeline.