For the Professional


Al-Anon Family Groups, which includes Alateen, has been in existence for over 50 years as a community resource providing support to those affected by someone else's drinking. Today, there are over 26,000 Al-Anon and Alateen groups meeting in 115 countries. Our meetings are anonymous and confidential. There are no dues or fees for membership.

Many Al-Anon members report that a professional influenced their decision to attend their first Al-Anon meeting. Al-Anon and Alateen meetings are compatible with all types of counseling and medical treatment.

Al-Anon/Alateen Is Self-Supporting

Through the voluntary contributions of members; there are no dues of fees for membership. Al-Anon does not accept any outside funds, grants, or donation.

Al-Anon/Alateen Is a Program Based Upon Anonymity

  • The identity of all Al-Anon an Alateens members, as well as members of Alcoholics Anonymous, is protected.
  • Confidentiality is allowed to develop from a sense of trust and honesty.
  • The focus is on spiritual principles, not personalities, which leads to a fellowship of equals.

Al-Anon/Alateen Cooperates with Professionals by Providing

  • Speakers and literature for conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Open meetings.
  • Meetings at schools, institutions, and other facilities.
  • Local meeting schedules.
  • A variety of literature.
  • A Free packet of literature - (315) 471-0191
  • Visit the AFG,Inc. World Wide Web site to order literature. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted.

Al-Anon/Alateen Groups Are Started by

Al-Anon and Alateen members. A minister, doctor, social worker or AA member can initiate the formation of an Al-Anon/Alateen group. However, after the group has started members operate the group. Professional or AA participation should be limited to open meetings.

Factsheet For Professionals
Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA. © Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. 2005. All Rights Reserved.