Who Are Al-Anon Members?
Al-Anon members are people, just like you, who are worried about someone with a drinking problem.
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.
Membership in an Al-Anon Family Group and regular attendance at meetings has shown us new ways to deal with our problems. We have found friends who understand. We have become part of a constructive program to achieve personal fulfillment and a new way of life. In Al-Anon we seek to improve ourselves. We learn that our growth and serenity depend on neither criticizing nor condemning the alcoholic's or anyone else's shortcomings.
Strict avoidance of gossip preserves group unity and protects the anonymity of our members, their loved ones and those of Alcoholics Anonymous. Our program is spiritual but not religious.
Al-Anon: Is It For You?
Millions of people are affected by the excessive drinking of someone close to them. The following 20 questions are designed to help you decide whether or not you need Al-Anon:
If you answered "yes" to three or more of these questions, then Al-Anon or Alateen may help.