For Professionals

Helping Hands

Professional Advocacy of Al-Anon

More than 1 in 4 members first heard about Al-Anon from professionals such as counselors, therapists, and social workers.

From the 2018 Al-Anon Membership Survey

Al-Anon is a mutual support group of peers who share their experience in applying the Al-Anon principles to problems related to the effects of a problem drinker in their lives. It is not group therapy and is not led by a counselor or therapist; This support network complements and supports professional treatment.

Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Many Alateen groups meet at the same time and location as an Al-Anon group. Alateen meetings are open only to teenagers. Each Alateen Group has one or two Alateen Group Sponsors. These are adult members of Al‑Anon who have been through a certification process. They provide safety and guidance in the meeting.

No advance notification or written referral is necessary to attend an Al-Anon or Alateen meeting. Anyone affected by someone else’s drinking is welcome to attend.

There are no dues or fees. Groups are self-supporting, and usually pass a basket around for a voluntary contribution to pay for rent or Al-Anon literature.

Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. provides resources that professionals may find helpful when supporting people who have been affected by alcoholism in the lives of friends or relatives.