Welcome to Al-Anon/Alateen

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For over 55 years, Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) has offered strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people. Alcoholism truly is a family disease. No matter what relationship you have with an alcoholic, whether they are still drinking or not, all who have been affected by someone else’s drinking can find solutions that lead to serenity in the Al-Anon/Alateen fellowship.

How will Al-Anon help me?

Many who come to Al-Anon/Alateen feel desperate, hopeless, and unable to believe that things can ever change. We want our lives to be different, but nothing we have done has brought about change. We all come to Al-Anon because we want and need help.

In Al-Anon and Alateen, members share their own experiences, strengths, and hopes with one another. You will meet others who share your feelings and frustrations, if not your exact situation. We come together to learn a better way of life; to find happiness whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.

How do I find a meeting?

Al-Anon may be listed in the white pages of your local telephone directory. Cities with local information services (http://al-anon.alateen.org/local-meetings) are listed on our website. Many of those listed post meeting information on their websites. For meeting information in Canada, the US, and Puerto Rico you can call 1-888-4AL-ANON (1-888-425-2666) Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.

Who are the members of Al-Anon and Alateen?

Al-Anon and Alateen members are people just like you and me–people who have been affected by someone else’s drinking. They are parents, children, spouses, partners, brothers, sisters, other family members, friends, employers, employees, and coworkers of alcoholics. No matter what our specific experience, we share a common bond: we feel our lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Do I have to say anything at a meeting?

It is your choice whether or not to speak at meetings. Newcomers are welcomed to meetings and usually are provided with literature and a local meeting list, and then invited to listen and learn. Sometimes beginners’ meetings, specifically for newcomers, are offered. Members are available to answer questions before or after the meetings.

Will anyone say I’ve been there?

One of the Al-Anon program’s basic principles is that of anonymity. Meetings are confidential, and we do not disclose whom we see or what we hear at meetings to anyone.

How much is this going to cost?

There are no dues or fees in Al-Anon and Alateen meetings. Most groups pass a basket for voluntary contributions. Members are asked to contribute what they can afford, so that the group can pay rent, provide literature, and offer support to local and worldwide service centers.

Is this a religious fellowship?

Al-Anon Family Groups is a spiritual fellowship, not a religious one. We avoid discussion of specific religious doctrine, and members of all faiths (or of none) are welcome. Our 12-Steps ask us to find a, “Power greater than ourselves” to help us solve problems and find serenity. Each member is free to define that power in his or her own way.

How to Contact Al-Anon/Alateen

Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.
1600 Corporate Landing Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617

LOCAL AL-ANON & ALATEEN

Friday Groups

Friday Night Live Al-Anon

First Presbyterian Church
300 School St.
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Group Type: Regular Al-Anon Meeting

Scranton TGIF

Saint Ann’s Monastery Shrine Office
1239 Saint Ann St.
Scranton, PA 18504
Time: 8 – 9 pm.
Group Type: Regular Al-Anon Meeting
Additional Info: Non-smoking; closed discussion.

Friday Easy Does it AFG

First Presbyterian Church
308 Broad St. (corner of Ann Street)
Milford, PA 18337
Time: 12 to 1 pm.
Group Type: Regular Al-Anon Meeting
Additional Info: Non-smoking. Use side entrance.

Saturday Groups

Saturday Survival Al-Anon

St. Matthews U E Lutheran Church
425 Jefferson Ave.
Scranton, PA 18510
Time: 10 – 11 am.
Group Type: Regular Al-Anon Meeting & separate Alateen Meeting.
Additional Info: Non-smoking. Regular and beginners’ meetings. Alateen meeting at the same time.

Hawley Al-Anon

Hawley United Methodist Church
315 Church St.
Hawley, PA 18428
Time: 8 – 9 pm
Group Type: Regular Al-Anon Meeting

Sunday Groups

Sunday Steps

Christ Episcopal Church
700 Delaware St.
Forest City, PA 18421
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Group Type: Regular Al-Anon Meeting
Additional Info: Park across Delaware at St. Agnes. Enter through the lower side entrance (2nd red door).

Sunday Night

Providence U.M. Church
1924 North Main St.
Scranton, PA 18509
Time: 8 – 9 pm
Group Type: Regular Al-Anon Meeting
Additional Info: Last Sunday of a Month is an Anniversary or Open Speakers Mtg.