To Our Professional Friends

Al-Anon Family Groups, which includes Alateen, has been in existence for more than 50 years as a community resource providing support to those affected by someone else’s drinking. Today there are about 31,000 Al-Anon and Alateen groups meeting in 115 countries.

Anyone who feels her or his life has been affected by close contact with a problem drinker is eligible for membership in Al-Anon or Alateen. Newcomers are welcome at all Al-Anon meetings. There are no dues or fees for membership.

Our meetings are anonymous and confidential, as are all inquiries.


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


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

People Are Referred To Al-Anon/Alateen Group Meetings:

  • To learn the facts about alcoholism as an illness and how it has impacted their lives physically and emotionally.
  • To benefit from contact with others who have similar problems.
  • To improve their own attitudes and behaviors through the study and practice of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

Al-Anon And Alateen Members Are Helped When They:

  • Attend meetings on a regular basis.
  • Make telephone contact with other members.
  • Read Al-Anon/Alateen literature.
  • Have a sponsor.
  • Apply theTwelve Steps of recovery to their lives.
  • Become involved in Al-Anon Service work.

Al-Anon/Alateen Groups Do Not:

  • Give advice.
  • Indulge in gossip or criticism.
  • Discuss members’ religious beliefs, or lack of them.
  • Endorse or oppose any cause, therapy, or treatment.

More Information for Professionals

Thank you for referring your clients to Al-Anon/Alateen. We hope you will continue to do so.