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    Al-Anon

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    Al-Anon is a long-standing self-help organization for family members and friends of people who have alcohol and drug use problems. Al-Anon is based on the steps and principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

    The message of Al-Anon for family members is that:

    • You are valuable and need to take care of yourself.
    • You are not responsible for the person who is using alcohol or drugs.
    • You shouldn't make threats that you don't intend to keep.

    For more information about Al-Anon, see the Other Places to Get Help section of the topic Alcohol Misuse and Dependence.

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    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
    Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction

    Current as ofMarch 24, 2017

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