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Topic Overview

Al-Anon is a long-standing self-help organization for family members and friends of people who have alcohol and drug use problems. Al-Anon is based on the steps and principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

The message of Al-Anon for family members is that:

  • You are valuable and need to take care of yourself.
  • You are not responsible for the person who is using alcohol or drugs.
  • You shouldn't make threats that you don't intend to keep.

For more information about Al-Anon, see the Other Places to Get Help section of the topic Alcohol Misuse and Dependence.

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Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction

Current as ofOctober 9, 2017

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