About Al-Anon

Statement of Purpose
Al-Anon's Suggested Preamble to The Twelve Steps
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 from the Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual (P-24/27), © 1992, Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.
Help is here for the asking. Please take a moment to ask yourself these questions: 

  • "Are You Troubled By Someone's Drinking?" 
  • "Did You Grow Up With A Problem Drinker?"

If you identify with some of these statements, it is important to know that help and hope for friends and families of alcoholics is just a phone call away. 

If you are new to Al-Anon or would like more information about Al-Anon read Information for the Newcomer to Al-Anon or listen to the voices of Al-Anon members (and professionals) share about how Al-Anon can help. For more information about Alateen, read For Teens. For information about Alateen in-school meetings, send an email For information on how to join our Idaho online Alateen chat room see this flyer for teens.