What is the Purpose of Al-Anon/Alateen
To help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. Similarly, Alateen is our recovery program for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members.
Our 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. Whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not, Al-Anon offers hope and recovery to all people affected by the family disease of alcoholism.
To the Potential Newcomer
Your inquiry is confidential and anonymous. If you are concerned about someone else's drinking, we encourage you to browse our website for information about our program and attend a meeting as soon as you can.
Help is here for the asking. Please take a moment to ask yourself these questions: "Has someone else's drinking created chaos in your life?", "Are you troubled by someone's drinking?", or "Did you grow up with a problem drinker?" If you identify with some of these statements, it is important to know that help and hope for friends and families of alcoholics is just a phone call away.
You may call the Northwest Indiana Al-Anon Answering Service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (219) 769-1133. If it is after regular business hours, you will hear a recording and be given a phone list of after-hour contacts.
Additionally, you can call the Al-Anon Family Groups Headquarters at (888) AL-ANON or (888) 425-2666 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm ET for meeting information.