Al-Anon meetings are for anyone whose life has been affected by someone else’s drinking. If someone’s alcoholism is bothering you, please attend any ‘unrestricted’ meeting, both ‘open’ and ‘closed’.
‘Open’ Al-Anon meetings are open to everyone, including those only seeking information about Al-Anon, such as professionals (counselors, doctors, etc.), media, students, or the curious, but don’t, themselves, have anyone in their family or friends whose alcoholism is bothering them.
‘Closed’ Al-Anon meetings are meant only
for those whose lives are bothered by someone else’s drinking. Visitors
and newcomers that qualify in this manner are welcome to attend ‘closed’
Al-Anon meetings. It is asked that those seeking only information not
attend 'closed' meetings.
‘Restricted’ meetings are held on sites
that require special clearance and/or permission. No one can attend
these meetings without being cleared by the facility in which the
meeting is held. The purpose of 'restricted' meetings is to carry the
Al-Anon/Alateen message to those who are confined in crisis/abuse
shelters, juvenile detention centers, group homes, county jails, state
and federal prisons, and other similar facilities.
All Alateen meetings are ‘closed’. That is, open only to teens and some younger children and their Area-certified Group Sponsor(s). For the teen’s protection, Alateen abides by the NCWSA Requirement for Alateen Member Safety.
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common problems.
Alateen, part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people whose lives have been affected by alcoholism in a family member or close friend. They help each other by sharing their experience, strength, and hope.
Please call the Al-Anon/Alateen Information Line or visit the website to receive information about group meeting times and locations. Meetings in San Joaquin County are held in Lodi, Manteca, Stockton and Tracy. Adjacent meetings are held in Galt, Modesto, Oakdale and Valley Springs. There are about 1,000 meetings spread throughout Northern California. Those who call remain anonymous.