Genesee Area Al-Anon Information Services

Genesee Area Al-Anon Information Services

Welcome to the Genesee Area Al-Anon Information Services website, where there is Hope and Help for friends and families of problem drinkers.

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.

                                                                 Suggested Al-Anon Preamble to the Twelve Steps 

Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.

What is Alateen?

In Alateen meetings, young people share their own experiences -- everyone in the meeting has been affected by someone else’s drinking. Some currently live with a problem drinker, others do not.  Alateens share their feelings, encourage each other, and share how the Alateen program has helped them.  The adults in the meetings are the Alateen Group Sponsors, who help the teens to stay focused on the Alateen program.

Alateens share that they have come to understand that alcoholism is a disease and that:

  • They are not the cause of anyone else's drinking or behavior.
  • They cannot change or control anyone but themselves.
  • They can detach themselves emotionally from the drinker's problems while continuing to love the person.
  • They can build satisfying and rewarding life experiences for themselves, whether the alcoholic still drinks or not.

Alateen groups meet in community centers, churches, schools, or other suitable places (many times in the same building as an Al-Anon group, but in a separate room). The groups are not affiliated with the meeting location. You can find meeting information and can contact Al-Anon or Alateen though information on the contact page.

Fact Sheet for Professionals - Information About Al-Anon & Alateen

Al-Anon/Alateen Is Self-Supporting:

• Through the voluntary contributions of members; there are no dues or fees for membership.

Al-Anon does not accept any outside funds, grants, or donations.

Al-Anon/Alateen Is a Program Based upon Anonymity:

• The identity of all Al-Anon and Alateen members, as well as members of Alcoholics Anonymous, is protected.

• Confidentiality is allowed to develop from a sense of trust and honesty.

• The focus is on spiritual principles, not personalities, which leads to a fellowship of equals.

Al-Anon/Alateen Cooperates with Professionals by Providing:

• Speakers and literature for conferences, workshops, and meetings.

• Open meetings.

• Meetings at schools, institutions, and other facilities.

• Local meeting schedules.

• A variety of literature.

• A FREE packet of literature.

For a free packet Call U.S., 888-4AL-ANON (888-425-2666) or e-mail wso@al-anon.org.

• Visit the AFG, Inc. World Wide Web site (www.al-anon.alateen.org) or use the AFG fax number to order literature (757) 563-1655.  Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted.

Al-Anon/Alateen Groups are Started by:

• Al-Anon and Alateen members.  A minister, doctor, social worker, or AA member can initiate the formation of an Al-Anon/Alateen group.  However, after the group has started members operate the group.  Professional or AA participation should be limited to open meetings.

Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA

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