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Who Are Al-Anon & Alateen Members?


Al-Anon members are people, like your clients, are worried about someone with a drinking problem. In Al-Anon, family members have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others who have faced similar problems.  Click here for more facts and what some professionals say about Al-Anon.


  • Has only one requirement for membership — each member has been affected by someone else’s drinking.

  • Is an anonymous fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who meet to share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems; adult children of alcoholics, parents, partners, spouses, co-workers, etc., can all find help in Al-Anon.

  • Is a separate fellowship from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Al-Anon is based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions adapted from AA.

  • Is nonprofessional, self-supporting, nondenominational, multiracial, apolitical, and is available almost everywhere.

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  • Is part of the Al-Anon Fellowship designed for the younger relatives and friends of alcoholics through age eighteen.

  • Members conduct their own meetings with the guidance of an Al-Anon sponsor.

  • Follows the same Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions and principles as Al-Anon.

Alateen is a place where members come together to:

  • share experiences, strength, and hope with each other to find effective ways to cope with problems.

  • discuss difficulties and encourage one another

  • help each other understand the principles of the Al-Anon program through the use of the Twelve Steps and Alateen’s Twelve Traditions

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