South Dakota's Al-Anon and Alateen Pages


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Who Are We?

Al-Anon is an organization comprised of persons whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. We have come together with the firm belief that by sharing our experience, strength and hope, we will all be better prepared to handle the present and go on to a brighter more serene future. The sole purpose of Al-Anon is to help the family and friends of the problem drinker. There are no dues or fees for membership. We are fully self supporting through our own voluntary contributions.

We believe that alcoholism is a family illness. We understand that we did not cause the disease, we cannot control it and we cannot cure it; but we, the friends and relatives of the alcoholic, by changing our own attitude, can choose recovery and a better life for ourselves while still giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

Al-Anon is a recovery program for families and friends of alcoholics, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. Alateen, a part of Al-Anon, is for teens and preteens affected by someone else’s drinking, not for young alcoholics seeking sobriety for themselves.

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Al-Anon Family Groups meet in over 130 countries to help families and friends of problem drinkers recover from the impacts of a loved one’s drinking. Members help each other by practicing the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous themselves, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

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The assurance of anonymity is essential to Al-Anon’s efforts to help more families and friends of alcoholics. We respectfully ask that no Al-Anon, Alateen, or A.A. speaker or member be identified by full name or picture in published, broadcast, or Internet reports.

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For The Professional:

Counselors, therapists and others in a range of
professions encourage the friends and families
of problem drinkers to attend Al-Anon meetings,
where clients and patients can find understanding
and support that complements and reinforces
professional treatment.

To assist professional, Al-Anon Family Groups
offers a variety of resources.