Counselors, therapists and others in a range of professions encourage the friends and families of problem drinkers to attend Al-Anon or Alateen meetings, where clients and patients can find understanding and support that complements and reinforces professional treatment.
We have made several pamphlets available as downloadable PDF files that may assist you in making referrals to Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups meetings.
Free Podcasts This is a series of six Al-Anon Family Group podcasts, especially recorded to introduce you to Al-Anon meetings. How does an Al-Anon meeting work? What must we do to participate? How do we know if Al-Anon has anything to offer us?
Professors, Teachers, School Counselors, School Administrators
Personnel Managers, Human Resource Professionals
Professionals who specialize in the field of substance abuse
What can I expect at an Al-Anon meeting?
Al-Anon Family Groups, which include Alateen, has been in existence for over 60 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 135 countries. Our meetings are anonymous and confidential. There are no dues or fees for membership.
Fourty-four percent of Al-Anon members report that a professional has, at some point, encouraged them to attend their first Al-Anon meeting. Al-Anon and Alateen meetings are compatible with all types of counseling and medical treatment.
For further information, check the “Meetings” page of this Website, or call 888-4AL-ANON (888-425-2666), US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, Monday-Friday 8am – 6pm ET.
Resources for Professionals
Keep in touch with Al-Anon Family Groups.
Subscribe to e-News for Professionals, an occasional e-mail broadcast that informs professionals about current Al-Anon activities that may be of interest.
These audio presentations can be downloaded for people who learn by listening. They give some of the flavor of an Al-Anon meeting, while answering commonly-asked questions. Refer your patients to the Web site or invite them to subscribe to the RSS feed.