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Al-Anon CAN help

Al-Anon is for families, relatives and friends whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Many adults question whether they have been affected by alcoholism. If someone close to you has, or has had a drinking problem, the following questions may help you in determining whether alcoholism affected your childhood or present life, and if Al-Anon is for you.

Conference Approved Literature

Al‑Anon/Alateen literature is most fully understood when used in conjunction with other tools of the program. The books and pamphlets can strengthen your recovery, but they cannot substitute for the help and healing that takes place at Al‑Anon meetings in the context of a complete recovery program.

The 12 Steps

In Al-Anon, we strive for an ever-deeper understanding of these steps, and pray for the wisdom to apply them to our lives.

Alateen Resources

Break the cycle. There is help. Join one of our groups. You are not alone.

Outreach Resources

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Study of these Steps is essential to progress in the Al-Anon program.


These guidelines are the means of promoting harmony and growth in Al-Anon groups and in the world-wide fellowship of Al-Anon as a whole.


Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help friends and families of alcoholics

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  • "Keep it simple."
  • "Easy does it."
  • "First things first."
  • "Just for today."
  • "Let it begin with me."
  • "How important is it?"
  • "Think."
  • "One day at a time."
  • "Keep an open mind."
  • "Live and let live."
  • "Let go and let God."
  • "Keep coming back."
  • "It works if you work it, so work it 'cause your worth it!"
  • "Take what you like and leave the ;rest."
  • "Principles above personalities."
  • "Progress not Perfection."
  • "Love, learn and grow."
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District 14


The 12 Steps are the foundation for personal recovery in Al-Anon. Under the Recovery heading you'll find information for your personal recovery interests. Check the Meetings page for general information on our meetings, on the monthly Speaker Meeting, and also for special notices.  Day-in-Al-anon is a yearly event -- usually close to Valentine's Day -- full of special workshops, food, donation drawing prizes, special speakers, and lots of fellowship. Highly recommended! Also of general interest is the Literature and Newsletter pages.


The 12 Traditions help Al-Anon groups sustain their unity and fellowship. You will information on this site to support meeting groups. If you are wondering how the groups provide members' pamphlets and books, the Literature page has instructions for groups in the District 14 area. If you are interested in helping members of your group contribute to our newsletter, you'll find information on this Newsletter page.


The 12 Concepts of Service provide guidance for service in the Al-Anon fellowship. Here you will find information supporting the activities of the District as it act in service toward our primary goal to carry the message to others who still suffer. From time to time we will post important information from district officials, such as the District Representative, for support of all the groups and service positions within the District. The Day-in-Al-anon page has special information for organizing and providing service to our yearly event. The Newsletter page has details and suggestions for contributing to our newsletter.




Have an announcement you would like to see posted here?  Email us!

Looking for a meeting? See the meeting list.

January 26, 2019:
District 14 Open Speaker Meeting 6:30 – 9:00pm Kaiser Walnut Creek, 1515 Newell, 3rd Floor, Oak Room 1.

February 9, 2019: Stepping Stones to Recovery / Caminos de piedra a la Recuperación -- District 14's Day in Al-Anon
8:00am - 3:30pm in Pleasant Hill
Join us! / Únete con Nosotros

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For a calendar of Al-Anon and Alateen events in Northern California, click here.

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Frequently Ased Quyestions


AL-ANON (and ALATEEN for younger members) is a worldwide organization that offers a program of help and mutual support for families and friends of someone with a drinking problem whether or not the person with a drinking problem seeks help or even recognizes the existence of a drinking problem. Participants in AL-ANON and ALATEEN give and receive comfort and understanding through a mutual exchange of experience, strength and hope, and learn how the principles of the AL-ANON program can be applied to their own lives. This process of sharing amongst people with similar problems and applying AL-ANON principles binds individuals and groups together in a bond that is protected by a policy of anonymity and confidentiality.


AL-ANON Family Group meetings welcome anyone who believes that their life has been affected by the drinking habits of someone in either the past or the present.

ALATEEN meetings are AL-ANON meetings that welcome teens and young adults who believe that their lives have been affected by the drinking habits of someone in either the past or the present.

  • 20 questions (PDF) designed to help you decide whether or not you need AL-ANON/ALATEEN.
  • 20 questions for adults who grew up with an alcoholic. This questionnaire may help you in determining whether alcoholism affected your childhood or present life, and if AL-ANON is for you.


AL-ANON believes that alcoholism is a disease, and that like many other diseases it is not possible to stop someone from having alcoholism. But it is possible for us to change our own attitudes towards a drinker, ourselves and other people in our lives. AL-ANON believes that changing our own attitudes can help to improve our own lives and our family situation, whether someone in our lives is still drinking or not.

We recommend that you read Detachment; an excerpt from an AL-ANON pamphlet (S-19) describing Detachment as it pertains to the disease of alcoholism and how AL-ANON can be helpful to people seeking a better way of living with this disease. Other AL-ANON literature is also available to help you.


The AL-ANON and ALATEEN programs consist primarily of independently operated meetings of people who gather to share their experience, strength and hope with one another, and to learn how to apply the principles of AL-ANON to their own recovery from the effects of someone else's drinking. AL-ANON meetings may cooperate with one another to produce additional events and services for its participants and for the public, including conferences, literature distribution and public awareness campaigns. Some AL-ANON participants choose to provide their volunteer services to deliver these and other services. Except for a very small core of administrative staff to support information distribution and publication at the state and worldwide level, AL-ANON service is completely voluntary and non-professional.


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 teenage members, neither expresses opinions on outside issues nor endorses outside enterprises. No dues or fees are required. Participation is voluntary, requiring only that one’s own life has been adversely affected by someone else’s drinking problem.


Religious belief is not a requirement for AL-ANON or ALATEEN participation or a goal of its programs. AL-ANON neither endorses nor opposes any religion, sect, institution, cause or other program. Though not a religious program, many people experience spiritual growth through participating in AL-ANON and ALATEEN, regardless of their personal beliefs.


AL-ANON Family Groups are non-profit entities supported through the voluntary contributions of people who participate in AL-ANON and ALATEEN meetings and events. AL-ANON receives no funds from other organizations and does not fund any organizations or activities outside of AL-ANON and ALATEEN. There are no mandatory membership dues or fees for any meeting participants; however, some special events such as conferences may require registration fees from participants to defray expenses.


AL-ANON and ALATEEN offer:

  • Literature for people to learn about our programs and about the effects of drinking on people close to the drinkers.
  • Meetings in many local areas where people can talk to people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.
  • Newsletters published by AL-ANON and ALATEEN participants that provide personal insights and updates on local events.
  • Information for professionals who help people whose lives have been affected by someone’s drinking.
  • Web sites, such as this one and the AL-ANON and ALATEEN World Service web site, where information may be obtained online.
  • Key contacts that you can reach for more information about AL-ANON and ALATEEN


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