AL-ANON IS a worldwide organization that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics whether or not the alcoholic seeks help or even recognizes the existence of a drinking problem. Members give and receive comfort and understanding through a mutual exchange of experiences, strength and hope. Sharing of similar problems binds individuals and groups together into a bond that is protected by a policy of anonymity.
AL-ANON IS NOT a religious organization or a counseling agency. It is not a treatment center nor is it allied with any other organization offering such services. Al-Anon Family Groups, which includes Alateen for teenage members, neither expresses opinions on outside issues nor endorses outside enterprises. No dues or fees are required. Membership is voluntary, requiring only that one's own life has been adversely affected by someone else's drinking problem.
AL-ANON HAS BUT ONE PURPOSE: To help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.