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Information for Professionals


The 2006 Al-Anon/Alateen Membership Survey revealed that 36% of our members were referred to Al-Anon by professionals. Many Al-Anon members continue to seek professional assistance in addition to regular attendance at meetings. The link between Al-Anon and the professional community has always been one of interchange, cooperation, and support.


Al-Anon Family Groups


is a community resource providing support to anyone affected by a relative or friend's drinking. There are over 24,000 Al-Anon and nearly 1,800 Alateen groups meetings in 131 countries.


  • Has only one requirement for membership - each member has been affected by someone else's drinking.
  • Is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who meet anonymously to share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problem; adult children of alcoholics, parents, partners, spouses, co-workers, etc. can all find help in Al-Anon.
  • Is a separate fellowship from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Al-Anon is based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions adapted from AA.
  • Is nonprofessional, self-supporting, spiritually based, apolitical, welcomes all cultures, and is available almost everywhere.


  • Is part of the Al-Anon fellowship designed for the younger relatives and friends of alcoholics through the teen years.
  • Members conduct their own meetings with the guidance of an Al-Anon member Sponsor.
  • Follows the same Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and principles as Al-Anon.
  • Additional information for teens can be found at

Al-Anon and Alateen Members Are Helped When They:

  • Attend meetings on a regular basis.
  • Make telephone contact with other members.
  • Read Al-Anon/Alateen literature.
  • Have a personal Sponsor.
  • Apply the Twelve Steps of recovery to their lives.
  • Become involved in Al-Anon service work.

People Are Referred to Al-Anon/Alateen Group Meetings:

  • To learn the facts about alcoholism as an illness and how it has impacted their lives physically and emotionally.
  • To benefit from contact with others who have similar problems.
  • To improve their own attitudes and behaviors through the study and practice of Al-Anon's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.

A Formal Referral Is Not Necessary


For meeting information you or your client can call:

  • The Al-Anon Service Center in West Allis at 414-257-2415 for meetings in the southeast Wisconsin area.
  • The Meetings section of this web site for meetings in the southeast Wisconsin area.
  • The national Al-Anon/Alateen website:
  • Toll-free for meeting information between 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday ET. 888-4AL-ANON (888-425-2666) U.S.A. or Canada.

Al-Anon/Alateen Meetings Include:

  • OPEN meetings that may be attended by anyone interested in learning about the Al-Anon or Alateen program.
  • CLOSED meetings that are for anyone whose life is or has been affected by a problem drinker.
  • Limited access groups which meet in locations where the general membership may not be able to attend (i.e. industrial, military, or school settings).
  • Introductory meetings at facilities to introduce Al-Anon/Alateen to newcomers.

Al-Anon/Alateen Groups Do Not:

  • Give advice.
  • Indulge in gossip or criticism.
  • Discuss members' religious beliefs, or lack of them.
  • Endorse or oppose any cause, therapy, or treatment.
  • Provide support for problems other than the impact of alcoholism upon the family members.

Al-Anon/Alateen Is Self-Supporting:

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

Al-Anon/Alateen Is a Program Based upon Anonymity:

  • The identity of all Al-Anon and Alateen 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 - Call U.S., 888-4AL-ANON (888-425-2666) or e-mail
  • Visit the AFG, Inc. World Wide Web site ( or use our fax number to order literature, (757) 563-1655. 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.

Reprinted with Permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc, Virginia Beach, VA

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