How much is this going to cost?
There are no dues or fees in Al-Anon and Alateen meetings. Most groups pass a basket for voluntary contributions. Members are asked to contribute what they can afford, so that the group can pay rent, provide literature, and offer support to local and worldwide service centers.
Is an appointment needed?
No advance notification or formal written referral is necessary to attend an Al-Anon or Alateen meeting. You can contact the number listed for information about the group, our program in general, or for directions to a meeting. The meetings are on a walk-in basis. Al-Anon has no membership list, and does not take attendance. You’re welcome to attend as frequently or infrequently as you choose. There is never any obligation.
Is this a religious fellowship?
Al-Anon Family Groups is a spiritual fellowship, not a religious one. We avoid discussion of specific religious doctrine, and members of all faiths (or of none) are welcome. Our Twelve Steps ask us to find a “Power greater than ourselves” who can help us solve our problems and find serenity. Each member is free to define that power in his or her own way.
Do I have to say anything at the meeting?
It is your choice to speak or not during the meetings. Newcomers are welcomed to meetings and invited to listen & learn. Members are available to answer questions before or after the meetings.
Are the children in a family affected by alcoholism?
As a family disease, alcoholism affects children as much as adults. Children often experience confusion, guilt, fear and a sense of loss. In addition, children have even less control over their environment than adults.
My friend/loved one is a drug addict. Can I go to an Al-Anon meeting?
The Al-anon fellowship is open to anyone who has experienced problems because of addiction in a relative or a friend. The primary focus of Al-Anon is to solve the common problems experienced by families and friends of alcoholics. However, you are welcome to attend Al-Anon meetings to see if you can relate to what people talk about, and then decide if the Al-Anon program might be helpful to you.
Can I bring the alcoholic with me to the meetings?
Al-Anon is not a program for finding or maintaining sobriety. It is a program to help the families of alcoholics recover from the effects of someone else’s drinking.
Apart from meetings, what other help does Al-Anon offer?
We provide literature (books and leaflets) on a wide variety of topics related to dealing with alcoholism and the principles of Al-Anon. Members often find that our literature helps to reinforce the benefits gained from meetings. You can buy these online from al-anon.org or from one of our members.