Al-Anon Family Groups, a recovery program for the friends and families of alcoholics, was founded in May 1951 by Lois W. and Anne B. (in Twelve-Step tradition, last names are not used). They share the commonality that another person's drinking has affected their lives in a variety of ways. Al-Anon offers a safe place where people can share their concerns, feelings, and experiences with others who have had similar experiences. The identities of its members are well protected. Although AA and Al-Anon cooperate with one other in the process of recovery, they are not directly affiliated. Membership in Al-Anon does not require any dues and is voluntary.

Al-Anon is structured by the Three Legacies, which are a set of principles adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous that guide ...

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