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We allow the alcoholics in our lives to experience the consequences of their own actions. -Detachment

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

Is Al-Anon for me?

I just can’t take it anymore — the drinking has to stop!

How can you keep doing this — don’t you see you’re destroying this family?

I hate the way I’m living now, but what else can I do?

If you find yourself saying these or similar things, there’s a chance Al-Anon can help you. Many of us find our way to Al-Anon after having tried every conceivable thing to get our loved one to stop drinking. Our life totally revolves around them. We feel lonely and frustrated, and sometimes our emotions get the best of us. Soon, we find ourselves on the edge of despair. This is often when we reach out for help.

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Members of Al-Anon learn to live happily regardless of whether the alcoholic is still drinking. They learn to cope with feeling angry, guilty, overwhelmed and alone. They learn that alcoholism is a disease, and not a disgrace. Sharing experience, strength and hope shows other members they are not alone. We learn how changed attitudes can aid in our recovery. We learn to put the focus on ourselves, and to reclaim our lives. Al-Anon is a powerful tool in the recovery process!

What To Do Next?

  1. Take the quizzes to see if you’ve been affected
  2. Find a meeting near you
  3. Begin on the road to recovery!


The Al-Anon program is based on the 12 Suggested Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, which we try, little by little, one day at a time, to apply to our lives, along with our Slogans and the Serenity Prayer. The loving interchange of help among members and daily reading of Al-Anon literature thus makes us ready to receive the priceless gift of serenity.

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The Serenity Prayer

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

Al-Anon’s Three Legacies

Al-Anon has three legacies: Recovery (through the Steps), Unity (through the Traditions) and Service (through the Concepts).

Have You Been Affected?

Take our 20-question quiz to see whether you’ve been affected by someone’s drinking. Al-Anon may be able to help!