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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.
What I found in that Al-Anon meeting was a place where the hurt I felt could be expressed and—more importantly—understood. Everyone there knew what I was feeling. I could cry and feel, and would not be pitied but supported. I heard others say they had been exactly where I was.
Mary P., Tennessee,
The Forum, August 2008
TRADITIONS OF GROUP UNITY
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.
I felt like an outsider at my first meeting because I thought my son’s drug of choice was not
alcohol. (Only later did I realize that he is also an alcoholic, as is my younger son.)
Everyone there had a different story, but their feelings were the same as mine. When I shared,
they said, “‘Keep Coming Back.’”
John B., Connecticut,
The Forum, June 2008
CONCEPTS FOR SERVICE
Day in Al-Anon
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.
The best compliment I get is when my ex tells me how proud he is of me for how I work the program. I have been in Al-Anon 16 months now. I attend four meetings a week, diligently work the Steps, read the literature daily, work with my Sponsor, and keep in touch with Al-Anon members. I also sponsor others and work at the Information Service Office. I often speak at other meetings and try to give back what Al-Anon has given me: a new chance on relationships.
Tami P., New York,
The Forum, August 2008
Coorespondence & Donations
Northern California District 14 AFG
P.O. Box 416
Concord, CA 94523-0416
Whenever anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help
let the hand of Al-Anon and Alateen
always be there, and Let It Begin With Me.
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The Suggested Preamble, Quotes from The Forum articles, from WSO Materials to Post online, and from WSO Public Outreach Tools, are Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.