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.

Defining Al-Anon/Alateen


  • Is for families and friends of alcoholics
  • Is a separate fellowship from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
  • Al-Anon is based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions adapted from AA
  • Is compatible with professional treatment


  • Is part of the Al-Anon fellowship designed for the younger relatives and friends of alcoholics through age 19
  • Members conduct their own meetings with the guidance of an Al-Anon members who are Alateen group sponsors
  • Follows the same Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts as Al-Anon

Al-Anon and Alateen groups and members do not:

  • Give advice
  • Indulge in gossip or criticism
  • Discuss members’ religious beliefs, or lack of them
  • Endorse or oppose any cause, therapy, or treatment

Al-Anon/Alateen members are helped when they:

  • Attend meetings on a regular basis
  • Make telephone contact with other members
  • Read Al-Anon/Alateen literature
  • Have another Al-Anon/Alateen member as a sponsor
  • Apply the Twelve Steps of recovery to their lives
  • Become involved in Al-Anon/Alateen service work

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.

Remember anonymity

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.

News and Events

2018 Al-Anon Membership Survey

Open to Participation from: January 10 - February 27

Whether you are a new or seasoned member, or anywhere in-between, every member has the opportunity to perform Twelfth-Step work by participating in this anonymous survey. For more info ...

42nd Massachusetts

Al-Anon/Alateen Convention 

April 20-22, 2018, Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, Sturbridge, MA For more info ...

Order a Meeting List Booklet

If you would like a printed copy of our meeting booklet listing all Massachusetts Al-Anon & Alateen meetings, please contact the area office to make your request by phone, e-mail, or mail.

For the Professional

Thirty-six percent of Al-Anon members report that a professional influenced their decision to attend their first Al-Anon meeting. Your awareness and interest in our program is important to us.
Contact the area office.