Topic Overview

Al-Anon is a long-standing self-help organization for family members and friends of people who have alcohol and drug use problems. Al-Anon is based on the steps and principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

The message of Al-Anon for family members is that:

  • You are valuable and need to take care of yourself.
  • You are not responsible for the person who has an alcohol or drug use problem.
  • You shouldn't make threats that you don't intend to keep.

For more information about Al-Anon, see the Other Places to Get Help section of the topic Alcohol: Drinking and Your Health.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction

Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015