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What is Al-Anon?

The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.

Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

Is Al-Anon for You?

Al-Anon has published self-quizzes that can help you to identify if you have been affected by another person’s drinking.  Click on the links below to navigate to these quizzes on Al-Anon’s World Service Office website.

All About Meetings

The World Service Office of Al-Anon has put together explanatory content, podcasts, and video explanations to provide information to help you know what meetings are like.  Follow this link to the WSO website to find out more: www.al-anon.alateen.org

Once you are finished perusing the WSO website come back here to find a meeting that works for you.  You can access our searchable online listing or print out our pdf meeting list or call the  Al-Anon Answering Service to get current meeting information in your area: 603-369-6930.  The service can even have an Al-Anon volunteer member contact you if you have any unanswered questions.

Once you have found the meeting(s) that you wish to attend please reference the Special Meeting Notices page to see if their are any last minute announcements about your chosen meeting.

Can’t attend a meeting in
person?

Go to the Meetings page.  There you will find a link to a listing of virtual meetings.  These are meetings that you can attend without leaving your home.  There are meetings held over the phone, through email, or online.

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.


Al-Anon Slogans

•Easy Does It
•First Things First
•How Important Is It?
•Just For Today
•Keep An Open Mind
•Keep It Simple
•Let Go And Let God
•Let It Begin With Me
•Listen And Learn
•Live And Let Live
•One Day At A Time
•Think

What a difference a year makes…

I am forever changed by the spiritual gifts of our Al‑Anon program—its profound literature, tools, and teachings—and most especially by the warmth, compassion, and mutuality I’ve discovered in our fellowship. This incredible feeling of truly belonging, perhaps for the very first time in my life, is one of the most precious gifts I’ve ever received. I’m so thankful for the blessing of finally “coming home” to a Higher Power of my own understanding, and to all of you, the family I’ve always been looking for.

Each of you who’ve gone before me has been so gracious in sharing your wisdom, support, and encouragement throughout this first year of my recovery. One year ago, I came to you shattered and in tremendous pain, brought to my knees, again feeling completely defeated by life’s traumas, the loss of my family of origin, and the loss of myself.

When I first arrived in the rooms of Al‑Anon, I cried through several meetings, probably for weeks, but you asked me to “Keep Coming Back.” At every meeting I went to, you greeted me with smiles, warm welcomes, and asked me if I’d like a hug. You were respectful of my tears, and simply passed me the Kleenex. You showed me the way, until the meeting format became familiar and comfortable. When all I could say was my name and then pass, you thanked me for being there. Until I could finally read aloud, you kindly read for me. When you spoke, I heard you telling my story and speaking to me. You told me just to “Keep an Open Mind” and I found a level of peace here that I never felt before. You gave me your contact information and encouraged me to keep in touch between meetings. When I reached out to you, you were delighted and listened lovingly and compassionately.

With the Al‑Anon program and your help, I’m learning a new way to live. I’m learning that I didn’t cause it, I can’t control, and I can’t cure it, and that with my Higher Power’s help, all things are possible. The only thing I can control or change is my own attitude and expectations. Life is about becoming who we really are. It is about “Progress Not Perfection.” Through acceptance and forgiveness, of myself and of others, there is serenity. I can share my secrets and character defects with you (people who truly understand and care), and that in releasing them I unburden myself. By keeping the focus on me, taking care of myself, and doing what I’m asked in Al‑Anon, I can indeed recover from the family disease of alcoholism. I am worthy, I am lovable, and I am enough!

The Al‑Anon program is a process. It will probably take me a lifetime to complete it. I’ve never been a joiner. I’ve never actually joined anything before in my life. But I can tell you that I am a committed and deeply grateful member of Al‑Anon. I am grateful for the priceless principles of the program, the unconditional love you have given me, the faith in the face of fear, the hope of growing into the person I was truly meant to be, and the possibility of being able to pay it forward someday.

To those of you who may be newer to the Al‑Anon program, please know that each time I see you and witness your own courage (just by showing up), I feel blessed by your very presence and propelled to continue my journey of recovery. I hope that you, too, will continue to find in this fellowship the help and friendship I have been privileged to enjoy.

 

By Linda M., Ontario
The Forum, November 2015