Helpful Information


Information about alcoholism

How will Al-Anon help me?

Many who come to Al-Anon/Alateen 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.

Who are the members of Al-Anon and Alateen?

Al-Anon and Alateen members are people just like you and me– people who have been affected by someone else's drinking. They are parents, children, spouses, partners, brothers, sisters, other family members, friends, employers, employees, and coworkers of alcoholics. No matter what our specific experience has been we share a common bond: we feel our lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.

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.

What if nobody's home?

The members of Al-Anon try hard to make sure someone is at each meeting to open the door, setup the room, chair the meeting, and make newcomers, and old friends alike, feel welcome. However, we aren't perfect. Sometimes attendance drops off at a particular meeting or some unforeseen circumstance prevents people from attending. If you come to a meeting and the door is locked or no one else is in attendance, please accept our apologies and PLEASE LET US KNOW! Either call 315.471.0191 to leave a message or email contact@syracuseais.org.