Information for a Prospective Member
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.
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.
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.
Our program of recovery is adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and is based upon the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts of Service. Al-Anon/Alateen 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/Alateen is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.
The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.
To best serve our members, there are different types of Al-Anon/Alateen meetings:
Closed: Meetings limited to Al-Anon/Alateen members and prospective members. These are persons who feel their lives have been, or are being affected by the drinking of a family member or friend. This offers the participants greater freedom to discuss their own ideas and feelings. Essentially all meetings listed under Find a Meeting are closed.
Open: Meetings that are open to anyone. This includes potential new members, members of other 12-Step programs, the general public, students, and professionals who want to learn more about Al-Anon/Alateen. Members tell their stories about how they have been affected by the disease of alcoholism, and how they have gained a personal serenity. Attendance at an open meeting is a good way to learn how Al-Anon/Alateen can help. Open meetings are listed as such on the Events page.