What is Al-Anon Adult Children?

An Al-Anon meeting or table at a meeting may be designated as Al‑Anon Adult Children for the purpose of gathering together adults seeking help coping with the affects of having a parent, step-parent, guardian, or childhood caretaker who may be or has been a problem drinker.

Al-Anon Adult Children is part of the Al-Anon Family Groups program, and Al-Anon Adult Children meetings are one of several types of Al-Anon meetings. Some meetings are specifically focused on Al-Anon Adult Children issues; some meetings have one or more tables designated for discussion related to Al-Anon Adult Children concerns, while other tables are designated for other Al-Anon related discussions. Local Al-Anon Adult Children meetings are included on our meetings calendar; you may have to read meeting descriptions to find out what topics are discussed at each meeting. Teenagers affected by someone else’s drinking are welcome in Alateen. There is another 12-step program known as Adult Children of Alcoholics, which is commonly referred to as ACA. Some Al-Anon meetings may cooperate with ACA by sharing meeting space for example, but Al-Anon is not allied with ACA, and the programs are different.

How Can Al-Anon Help Adult Children of Alcoholics?

Alcoholism is a family disease, and Al-Anon is for anyone whose life has been affected by someone else’s drinking. Those who have lived with this disease as children often have common problems and feelings, and the Al-Anon program can help. Many who were affected by alcoholism as children find they also have other past or present relationships that have been affected by problem drinking as well. People who lived with alcoholism as children, as well as adults who are currently affected by the problem drinking of their parent, step-parent, or childhood guardian or caretaker, can find help in the Al-Anon program, and are welcome in any Al-Anon meeting.

Al-Anon is a program of recovery for anyone affected by another person’s drinking. The Al-Anon program provides support through meetings, fellowship, literature, and suggested actions that can be utilized by anyone affected in any way by another person’s alcoholism. Al-Anon Adult Children meetings, tables, and literature are specifically focused on the concerns of people affected by the problem drinking of a parent, guardian or childhood caretaker, regardless of when the problem drinking began or whether the person is currently drinking or not.

Reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.

Al-Anon Adult Children Literature

Al-Anon literature is inclusive of Al-Anon Adult Children, and many Al-Anon publications address the concerns of Al-Anon Adult Children as well as others who are affected by alcoholism. There are also Al-Anon publications written specifically for Al-Anon Adult Children. (Please see our Contact Us page for how to find and order Al-Anon literature.) Al-Anon publications for Al-Anon Adult Children include:

  • B-21 From Survival to Recovery: Growing Up in an Alcoholic Home (Book). Contains Al-Anon adult children stories.
  • B-27 Hope for Today (Book). Al-Anon daily reader, based on sharings of Al-Anon’s adult children members. Large print edition available as item number B-28.
  • P-47 Al-Anon Sharings from Adult Children (Pamphlet).
  • S-69 Al-Anon Is for Adult Children of Alcoholics (Pamphlet).