New Zealand Al-Anon Family Groups

Welcome to Al-Anon

If you are a newcomer, we welcome you and hope that you will find here the strength and support that we have found. Whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not, Al-Anon offers hope and recovery to all people affected by the alcoholism of a loved one or friend.

Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing The Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic. We believe that alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

Please take a moment to ask yourself these questions: "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. Your inquiry is confidential and anonymous. If you are concerned about someone else's drinking, we encourage you to get help. On our meetings page you can find a meeting that is close to you, where you will meet others like you.

We suggest you attend six meetings if possible, before you decide if Al-Anon is right for you. By trying a variety of meetings in your area, you can find one that suits you. Feel free to go to any meeting anywhere, the only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend. Al-Anon Family Groups are an anonymous fellowship, so what is said in a meeting is held in confidence and your anonymity is protected at all times. Members usually use their first name only in meetings.

Our program of recovery is adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and is based upon The Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts of Service. Al-Anon Family Groups are spiritually based.

Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization or institution; does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self supporting through its own voluntary contributions, plus the sale of our Conference-approved literature. Our publications are based upon the shared experience of our membership and their application of Al-Anon's principles to their lives.

Al-Anon meetings are held in 112 countries and our literature is available in 30 languages. There are 28,000 Al-Anon and 3,000 Alateen groups worldwide. Al-Anon Family Groups in New Zealand were established since 1954 and there are over 90 groups countrywide.

If you have questions, please email us: nz-al-anon-gso@xtra.co.nz or freephone 0508 425266.