Al-Anon/Alateen Institutions Group Meetings

What Are They?

Al-Anon/Alateen meetings follow a simple format.

 How do they differ from regular group meetings?

Members usually come to a few meetings held at the institution and then move on to a home group.

 What is their purpose?

To carry a message of hope to families of alcoholics and/or those confined to an institution because of someone else’s drinking problem.

 Where are they held?

In hospitals, treatment centers, correctional institutions, courts, rehabilitation facilities, mental health service centers, juvenile homes, VA Centers, alcoholism detox units, abused families’ residences, outpatient clinics and penal institutions.

 What kind of meetings are held?

 Closed – for those considering membership. Potential members meet with experienced Al-Anon/Alateen members who stress the basics of our program.

Open – for professionals and others interested in learning about the Al-Anon program. All are welcome at AlAnon/Alateen orientation meetings where an experienced member reads the Al-Anon/Alateen Preamble and then briefly describes the Al-Anon program of family recovery.

“Meeting on wheels” – open to all. A brief presentation of an Al-Anon/Alateen meeting, allowing ample time for questions.

 Who attends?

 Potential Al-Anon/Alateen members who come to the facility because of someone else’s drinking problem and Al-Anon/Alateen members may attend closed meetings. Professionals and other interested people may attend open meetings.

 Who conducts them?

 Experienced Al-Anon/Alateen members.

 Who supports them?

Members of regular groups, Districts, Institutions committees and Information services may lead meetings and supply conferenced approved literature (CAL).

 Topics may include:

  1. Alcoholism: an illness that affects the family.
  2. The First Step: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.”
  3. Al-Anon/Alateen membership: “The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or a friend.”
  4. Alateen: it’s importance for younger family members.
  5. Slogans: “Easy Does It”, “One Day At A Time”, etc.
  6. A story of recovery: Al-Anon and Alateen speakers.