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Al-Anon

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 Abuse and Dependence.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Last Revised January 18, 2012

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