Strength and Hope for Friends and Families of Problem Drinkers
Al-Anon Family Groups is a world-wide fellowship for friends and families of problem drinkers. District 5 is the local Al-Anon Family Groups community surrounding Washtenaw County, Michigan. We serve Washtenaw County and part of Wayne County, which includes Ann Arbor, Belleville, Chelsea, Saline, and Ypsilanti. If you are looking for Al-Anon meetings in other locations or Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, please take a look at our external links.
IntroductionAl-Anon Family Groups consists of Alateen and Al‑Anon.
- Al-Anon is 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. It is not group therapy and is not led by a counselor or therapist. This support network complements and supports professional treatment.
- Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members who help the group to stay on track. Many Alateen groups meet at the same time and location as an Al-Anon group. Alateen meetings are open only to teenagers.
Al-Anon is not Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.). If you have a desire to stop drinking, then you are welcome in Alcoholics Anonymous. However, Al-Anon welcomes individuals who are affected by another person’s drinking, and who may also be alcoholics.
Is Al-Anon For You?
- You live/lived with an active drinker
- You are/were romantically involved with someone who used to drink
- Your parent/grandparent drinks or used to drink
- Your child is using alcohol or other drugs
- Your friend's drinking concerns you
Al-Anon's 2015 Membership Survey reported that 40% of Al-Anon members first came to Al-Anon because of a friend or relative's drug problem. Of these members, 85% came to realize that someone's drinking also negatively affected their lives.
If you feel that your life is or has been deeply affected by close contact with a problem drinker, you are welcome at any of our meetings. Most Al-Anon meetings are closed to the public; however, if you are interested in Al-Anon/Alateen or wish to observe as a student or professional, we welcome you to attend one of our meetings designated as 'open'.
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