What Is Al-Anon?


Al-Anon/Alateen is:

  • A fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who believe their lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.
  • A self-help recovery program based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
  • A nonprofessional fellowship where members share their experience and hope to solve their common problem.
  • An anonymous program with the identity of all Al-Anon, Alateen and AA members protected.
  • A spiritual program that is compatible with all religious beliefs or none.
  • A program with the single purpose of helping families and friends of alcoholism whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.
  • Compatible with professional treatment. Statistics show 63% of 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.

What does Al-Anon and Alateen do?

Just as AA offers a new way of life to the alcoholic, Al-Anon and Alateen offer the adventure of a new way of life to the alcoholic’s family and friends. Meetings are devoted to understanding our own problems. Over time the Al-Anon and Alateen program shows us how to cope with our difficulties and we find a more serene approach to life.


Wilmington Al-Anon Information Service

P.O Box 12706 Wilmington, NC  28405