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.


Al-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?

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Al-Anon has helped many with situations like the following:
  • 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

What about a drug problem?

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.

Meetings and Events

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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