More about meetings

“Whatever your problems there are those among us who have had them, too. If you try to keep an open mind you will find help.” 


Codes used in the meeting list

#  = indicates World Service Office group number.
A  = Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics
AA = Alcoholics Anonymous meets concurrently in same building
Ch = Childcare available
SF = Scent-free
Sp = Spanish-speaking
T = Alateen meets concurrently in same building
Wh = Wheelchair access

*An “Open” meeting may be attended by anyone interested in Al-Anon. “Closed” meetings are for Al-Anon members and those considering becoming members.



How to read the meeting list

  • A, AA, Ch, and other codes. These codes give additional information about types of meetings, accessibility and so on. See the directory on this page.
  • Adult Children meetings. These meetings provide a supportive place for adults affected by the problem drinking of a parent, stepparent, or other guardian or caretaker. If this applies to you, you will be welcome at Al-Anon Adult Children meetings as well as at regular Al-Anon meetings.
  • AFG  stands for Al-Anon Family Group. Every group in Al-Anon is an Al-Anon Family Group.
  • Beginners meetings. These are meetings especially for those new to Al-Anon, held before the regular Al-Anon meeting. They provide an opportunity for those new to Al-Anon to learn more about the program, ask questions, and share about what brought them to Al-Anon if they wish. Newcomers are also welcome to attend any Al-Anon meeting.
  • Book Study, Slogans, Step Study, Traditions. Some meetings use readings from Al-Anon literature and study of Al-Anon’s Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and slogans as the meeting focus. You do not need to prepare before attending these meetings or bring literature; books and other materials will be available there.
  • Meeting names. Many groups choose a name, such as “Wake Up to Al-Anon” or “Women’s Help and Hope,” that indicates the group’s focus or expresses the group’s attitude or the time of day it meets. No matter what a group’s focus is, all Al-Anon members are welcome at any meeting
  • Meeting places. Al-Anon groups rent meeting spaces at a variety of churches, community centers, and other places, but Al-Anon has no affiliation with these or any other organizations or institutions.
  • Speaker meetings. At a speaker meeting, one or two Al-Anon members, and sometimes a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, share their stories and their recovery. 
  • “Open” and “closed” meetings. “Open” meetings welcome anyone interested in learning more about the family disease of alcoholism and about Al-Anon recovery, such as students and therapists, as long as they respect Al-Anon’s principles of anonymity and confidentiality. “Closed” meetings are for Al-Anon members and those who are considering becoming members. We realize this terminology can be confusing. If you are an Al-Anon member, or think that Al-Anon might be for you, you are welcome at any Al-Anon meeting.