Al-Anon is a support resource for people who are affected by another person’s drinking. It is a mutual help group based on the structure and principles of Alcoholics Anonymous but focused on the needs and issues of those who are in close relationships with an alcohol-dependent person.

What Does Al-Anon Offer?

Al-Anon states that “members share their own experience, strength, and hope with each other. You will meet others who share your feelings and frustrations, if not your exact situation. We come together to learn a better way of life, to find happiness whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.”

Alateen is part of Al-Anon and is specifically for teenagers who are in a close relationship with an alcohol-dependent person. If there is a not an Alateen meeting available, teens are encouraged to attend an Al-Anon meeting instead.  Al-Anon and Alateen meetings are free (contributions are appreciated) and run by peers.

Al-Anon/ Alateen offer:

  • Group meetings: Meetings are held in person, online, or through one of the following formats: email, chat, bulletin board or telephone.
  • Support for the friends and families of alcoholics
  • Resources for professionals

People in close relationship with an alcoholic person who would benefit from peer-moderated group support.

Alateen and Al-Anon Family Groups meet in most U.S. and Canadian communities (and can be found in many other countries):