Information for Professionals
Al-Anon Family Groups, which include Alateen, has been in existence for over 50 years as a community resource providing support to those affected by someone else's drinking. Today, there are over 24,500 Al-Anon and Alateen groups meeting in 131 countries. Our meetings are anonymous and confidential. There are no dues or fees for membership.
Al-Anon and Alateen groups and members do not:
Al-Anon/Alateen members are helped when they:
Visit a meeting
Professionals may attend "open" Al-Anon meetings. An open Al-Anon meeting welcomes members and prospective members and allows attendance by people who are not families and friends of alcoholics but who are interested in learning about Al-Anon Family Groups.
Generally, Al-Anon group meetings are "closed," limited to members and prospective members, giving them the freedom to share and listen to the experience, strength, and hope of one another on a confidential and anonymous basis.
The printed meeting book and Web listing of meetings indicates whether meetings are open or closed.
Al-Anon is an anonymous fellowship. This means that anyone attending a meeting is asked to keep confidential the identities of individuals seen and everything shared in the meeting.
We always protect our members' anonymity, but the Al-Anon/Alateen program is not anonymous. We encourage the spreading of information about the availability of Al-Anon/Alateen meetings.
Cooperation with Professionals
AFG of Mass., Inc. cooperates with professionals by providing:
The Massachusetts Literature Distribution Center offers a variety of literature directed to the professionals in our community as well as literature for professionals to share with potential members of Al-Anon. To find out more or to order:
More Resources for Professionals
Visit the Web site of the Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters for results of Al-Anon's survey of professionals, presentations for Al-Anon and Alateen, press releases, and more.