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Open Meetings - anyone can attend

Closed Meetings Family and friends of alcoholics


AFG = Alanon Family Groups

"Let It Begin With Me."
When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help let the hand of Al-Anon and Alateen always be there and Let It Begin With Me."

"If we willingly surrender ourselves to the spiritual discipline of the Twelve Steps, our lives will be transformed. We will become  mature, responsible individuals with a great capacity for joy, 
fulfillment, and wonder."
From Survival to Recovery ; 1994 Edition, 
Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. Virginia Beach, VA
Al-Anon at a glance:
Al-Anon is a mutual support group of peers who share their experience in applying the Al-Anon principles to problems related to the effects of a problem drinker in their lives. It is not group therapy and is not led by a counselor or therapist; This support network complements and supports professional treatment.
Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Many Alateen groups meet at the same time and location as an Al-Anon group. Alateen meetings are open only to teenagers.
No advance notification or written referral is necessary to attend an Al-Anon or Alateen meeting. Anyone affected by someone else’s drinking is welcome to attend.

About Al-Anon - Get to Know Us

Al-Anon - Get to know us a a group

Al-Anon is a worldwide fellowship of people whose lives have been affected by another person’s addiction to alcohol. Membership in Al-Anon is open to relatives and friends of alcoholics; Alateen is a program designed for young people under the age of 21. The basic principle of both groups is that alcoholism is a family disease; those closely involved with alcoholics may suffer psychologically, spiritually and often physically.

Al-Anon is…​​

  • A Fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who believe their lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

  • 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.

Al-Anon Preamble:

The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness, and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions. Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. Virginia Beach, VA

Is Al-Anon for Me?
Are you troubled by someone elses drinking?
Are troubled by someone elses drinking?

Many who come to Al-Anon/Alateen, men and women alike, are in despair, feeling hopeless, unable to believe that things can ever change. We want our lives to be different, but nothing we have done has brought about change. We all come to Al-Anon because we want and need help.
In Al-Anon and Alateen, 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. Al-Anon is for any man, woman or teenager whose life has been affected by someone else's drinking.  The alcoholic/problem drinkers come from all walks of life; young or old, rich or poor, man or woman. Alcoholics are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, children or grandparents, whose drinking causes pain and fear on all who love them. 

To learn more about Al-Anon, and to see if it is right for you, please click on the links below.

There may be some who are not familiar with our Tradition of personal anonymity in any form of press, radio, films, TV, internet and other electronic media.

If so, we respectfully ask that no Al-Anon, Alateen, or AA speaker or member be identified by full name or picture in published broadcast or Web-posted reports of our meeting.

The assurance of anonymity is essential to our efforts to help other families of alcoholics and our tradition of anonymity reminds us to place Al-Anon and Alateen principles above personalities.

Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. Virginia Beach, VA

"Though we may never be perfect, continued spiritual progress will reveal to us our enormous potential. We will discover that we
are both worthy of love and loving. We will love others without losing ourselves, and will learn to accept love in return."

From Survival to Recovery ,Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. Virginia Beach, VA

Serenity and peace will have meaning for us as we allow our lives and the lives of those we love to flow day by day with God's ease, balance, and grace. 

From Survival to Recovery ,Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. Virginia Beach, V

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