District 5 Al-Anon/Alateen
Let It Begin with Me. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, let the hand of Al-Anon and Alateen always be there, and – Let It Begin with Me.
Welcome to Al-Anon /Alateen!
Welcome to the web site of the Al-Anon Family Groups in District 5 of Michigan, and to the fellowship of Al-Anon! Our pages provide information to help you learn about the Al-Anon program, decide if our program might be right for you, and find Al-Anon meetings and other Al-Anon resources. If you are new to Al-Anon, please see our Newcomer’s page for answers to questions newcomers often ask about the Al-Anon program.
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. 2005. All Rights Reserved.
Reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.
Al-Anon is a worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics, whether or not the alcoholic recognizes the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help. Members give and receive comfort and understanding through a mutual exchange of experience, strength and hope. Sharing of similar problems binds individuals and groups together in a bond that is protected by a tradition of anonymity.
Al-Anon is not a religious organization or a counseling agency. It is not a treatment center nor is it allied with any other organization offering such services. Al-Anon Family Groups, which includes Alateen for young members, usually teenagers, neither express opinions on outside issues nor endorse outside enterprises. No dues or fees are required. Membership is voluntary, requiring only that one's own life has been adversely affected by someone else's drinking problem.
Para información sobre el programa de Al-Anón en español, favor de pulsar aquí. (Information in Spanish.)
What is Al-Anon “District 5”?
District 5 of Al-Anon includes areas that are in or near Washtenaw County, Michigan. District 5 currently represents Al-Anon meetings that are held in Ann Arbor, Belleville, Chelsea, Saline, and Ypsilanti. Al-Anon, Alateen, and Al-Anon Adult Children meetings are all among the types of Al-Anon meetings that are currently held in District 5. For more information about District 5, please click here.
Meeting Time/Location Updates
The times and locations on this website are as current and up-to-date as reported to us. If you find any errors or learn of any changes, please be so kind as to contact us by phone or email so that we can promptly make corrections. Thank you! email@example.com 734-995-4949
Friday 6:30 p.m. Al-Anon meeting at King of Kings Lutheran in Ann Arbor will not be meeting on December 9, 2016. The cancellation of this meeting is due to a children’s Christmas party held at the church.
ALATEEN Wednesday Night 7:30 at Zion Lutheran Church needs support. This is presently the only Alateen meeting in our district. Make it ‘family night’! There is an Al-Anon meeting and an AA meeting held at the same time - different rooms. 1501 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor.
Tuesday 7:00 Al-Anon meeting at St. Clare’s Episcopal Church needs support. This is a unique meeting that allows cross-talk. However, you can request “no cross-talk” during your share. Georgia D started this group years ago - let’s make it thrive again! 2309 Packard Road, Ann Arbor.
Friday 7:30 Al-Anon meeting at Westside United Methodist needs support. 900 South 7th Street, Ann Arbor.
NEWEST Al-Anon Meeting Fridays at 6:00 pm at the Washtenaw Alano Club, 995 North Maple Road, Ann Arbor. This will be an Open Meeting (attendance is allowed by people who are not families and friends of alcoholics, but who are interested in learning about Al-Anon Family Groups. People who may come to Open Meetings occasionally include students and professionals who work with alcoholics and their families) This new group will be placing the focus on “Parents Practicing Principles”.
Our District 5 Hotline needs your voice! We have a traveling cell phone that can be answered by members who have been in Al-Anon for at least a year. You can sign up for a month - or just a few weeks. There is a guide book, and our Phone Coordinator will be happy to discuss a time plan that would fit your schedule. She’ll even drop it off to you at your meeting! Please contact PhoneChair@afgdistrict5.org if you are interested to learn how you can help newcomers find their first meeting! The 2017 schedule is being lined-up.
Our website team is working on a new look for District 5. Be part of the process - no computer skills necessary. Give your input by email to: Website@afgdistrict5.org Stay tuned for further website meeting dates.
Our District needs a Group Records Coordinator. This is a mainly a ‘behind the scenes’ position that entails keeping the records for our 25 registered meetings up-to date with Michigan and with WSO. Emailing forms and information and using the email designated for this position. If interested, please inquire at: GroupRecords@afgdistrict5.org
Some helpful information can be found in the WSO Guideline, G-36
7th Tradition District Contribution Guideline - Useful Form for District Donations
Click here for the form that is useful to both Group and District Treasurer when sending contributions to District 5. While the form itself isn’t required to be used when sending monies, please still include all the information that is on the form. This form can also be found on “District 5 Business” page of this website.
Bulletin Board Sharings
Let’s make our Gratitude List grow longer! What are YOU grateful for today? Share any time the mood strikes on Gratitude. Check them out here!
Next open talk will be in February, 2017. Stay tuned for more information.
February 2016 Open Talk Speakers
Back in February, 2016 District 5 hosted an Open Talk event, with a panel of Al-Anon members sharing on “The Impact of Alcoholism and Addiction on Intimacy and Sexual Relationships”. All 4 speakers were excellent! If you weren’t able to attend, 3 of the speakers have agreed to have their recordings posted. By clicking the link below, please know that you will be leaving the District 5 Al-Anon website and going to a different website, of which District 5 is not responsible for the contents.
Click here to listen to the speakers!
Also, WSO is working on a new book on this topic. YOUR contributions are requested. Click here to be directed to WSO’s website for more information.
Fun & Games
Word Search Puzzles:
YOUR SHORT SHARE can be turned into a Word Search Puzzle. If interested, submit a short share on “GRATITUDE” in November and it’ll be made into a puzzle. Send your share to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to take you to The Forum Magazine, where you can read new shares each month.
Click here for an order form to get your own subscription of the monthly publication!
It’s like having a meeting in your pocket! Just $11.00
(as of March 2016 WSO will no longer be sending complimentary issues to the groups. But your group can purchase
a subscription by following the link above)
The CAL Corner (Conference Approved Literature)
District 5 has its own Literature Distribution Center. Please email Literature@afgdistrict5.org if you would like to order any literature for yourself or for your group. You can also call our District Answering Service at 734-995-4949 to obtain the phone number of our LDC chairperson. Call or email to find out the pick-up location and to discuss arrangements that will accommodate your schedule. Not only does ordering from your LDC support your district, but you save shipping costs!
Literature is also available online. This link will take you to the WSO (World Service Office) AFG (Al-Anon Family Groups) website’s literature page: http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/al-anon-literature You can place your own orders, or just peruse the CAL to get an idea of what you’d like so that you can order from and support the District 5 Distribution Center.
You can also obtain some of the CAL thru WSO’s website as e-books. And check out the Free Downloads.
WSO is working on a New Daily Reader and is looking for shares. Click here for the Guidelines for submitting a share.
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