What is Al-Anon?

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, niether endorses or 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 of AA, by welcoming and giving comfort to the families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.
The Suggested Preamble to the Twelve Steps

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

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