Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other to solve common problems as they deal with recovery. The only requirement is the desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or membership fees; the organization is self-supported through contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, political party, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; and neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Alcoholics Anonymous’ primary purpose is to help people stay sober and achieve sobriety.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) helps men and women who suffer from drug addiction. An offshoot of the AA program, NA started as a small U.S. movement that has grown into one of the world’s oldest and largest organizations of its type.
Al-Anon is dedicated to helping family and friends deal with having an alcoholic in their lives. Al-Anon is a support network that complements professional treatment. A counselor or therapist does not lead the program, and it should not be considered as a form of group therapy.
Alateen is a peer support group open to teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics. Many Alateen groups meet at the same time and location as an Al-Anon group.