- A mutual support program based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
- A nonprofessional fellowship where members share their experiences, strength, and hope to solve their common problems.
- A spiritual program that is compatible with all religious beliefs or none.
- A program with the single purpose of helping families and friends of alcoholics, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.
- A worldwide fellowship with more than 26,000 groups, in over 115 countries, that has been in existence since 1951.
- Compatible with professional treatment. Statistics show 63% of its members received treatment/counseling after attending Al-Anon.
- Free of charge and self-supporting through members’ voluntary contributions. There are no dues or fees for membership.
Al-Anon/Alateen is not
- Allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution.
- Involved in any outside issues; neither endorses nor opposes any cause.
- Affiliated with AA, though both fellowships do cooperate with one another.
- Considered a religious organization, treatment center, counseling agency, or teaching program. Intended for families of drug abusers or individuals with other difficulties unless there is a problem of alcoholism as well.
- Conducted by professionals.
- Intended as a replacement for professional treatment.
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