Info for the Newcomer

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.

The “Suggested Preamble to the Twelve Steps” is reprinted with permission from Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA


Anonymity is the spiritual principle on which our program is based. Meetings are confidential. We do not disclose whom we see or what we hear at meetings to anyone.

Anonymity within meetings and between members:
The assurance of anonymity is essential in our effort to help families and friends of alcoholics. The promise of confidentiality allows Al-Anon and Alateen meetings offer safe place where families and friends of alcoholics can ask for and receive help and understanding.  We share as equals, regardless of social, educational or financial position.

Anonymity request to the media:
We respectfully ask that no Al-Anon, Alateen, or AA member be identified by full name or picture in published or broadcast reports, including those on the Internet. No identified individual or group should be portrayed as spokespersons for Al-Anon in the public arena. However, individuals can share their personal experience as an Al-Anon or Alateen member without disclosing their identity to the public.