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 community in 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?
How do you know if Al-Anon may help you? Take one of our quizzes.
If you feel that you have been affected by someone else’s drinking, you are welcome to any of our meetings. Most Al-Anon meetings are closed to those not affected by the drinking of another; however, if you are curious or wish to observe as a student or professional, we welcome you to attend one of our meetings designated as ‘open’.