To help families and friends of alcoholics.
If you’re concerned with someone else’s drinking, the Al-Anon program can help you. Al-Anon was founded by families of alcoholics who had found sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Today, many Al-Anon/Alateen members, regardless of age or relationship to the alcoholic, are finding serenity despite a friend or family member with an active drinking problem. From the very beginning, we learn that we are powerless to control an alcoholic’s drinking. This is a fact that must be accepted before we can progress with the program. Until we stop trying to control we will continue to live with the frustration that made us seek Al-Anon. Once we learn to let go of the problem, the loving concern and help of the other members will provide strong support to help us understand what the Al-Anon program can do for us.
There is a message of hope in the Welcome used at Al-Anon meetings. Along with the Preamble to the Twelve Steps which follows, it gives a clear picture of Al-Anon’s way of helping.
• Offering comport, hope & friendship to the families & friends of problem drinkers
• Providing the opportunity to recover from the effects of the family disease of alcoholism
• Our program is spiritual, not religious. We don’t impose our beliefs on others. Each of us is free to define a personal, individual spirituality