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Al-Anon is a nonproﬁt organization that helps families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. Similarly, Alateen is a recovery program for young people, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. The groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members. Alateen helps young people share experience, strength, and hope with each other, discuss their problems, learn effective coping strategies, and help each other understand the principles of the Al-Anon program.
The program of recovery is adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and is based upon the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts of Service. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.
Al-Anon meetings are held in 115 countries; there are more than 24,000 Al-Anon and 2,300 Alateen groups worldwide.