Al-Anon Spanish-language information: Información en español

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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.

-from the "Suggested Al-Anon Preamble to the Twelve Steps," excerpt from M-7 Al-Anon Program Wallet Card

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'll 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.

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Self-Assessment Questions

“Are You Troubled by Someone’s Drinking?” (S-17) 20 questions help families and friends of alcoholics identify a need for Al-Anon. (Click link below to access)

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, Al-Anon may be able to help you!


“Did You Grow Up with a Problem Drinker?” (S-25) 20 questions for adult children of alcoholics to decide if they can benefit from Al-Anon. (Click link below to access)

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, Al-Anon may be able to help you!