for Al‑Anon’s response to the Covid pandemic.
About Al‑Anon / Alateen
Groups, which includes Alateen and Al‑Anon
Adult Children, has been in existence over 70 years as
a community resource providing support to those affected by
someone else’s drinking.
Today, there are more than 25,000 Al‑Anon
and 1,700 Alateen groups meeting in 133 countries. There are
about 300 Al‑Anon and Alateen meetings in southern
Minnesota and more than 200 meetings
in the Minneapolis and St.Paul metropolitan area. Meetings
are anonymous and confidential. There are no fees or dues to
attend a meeting. Al‑Anon and Alateen meetings are self
supporting through voluntary contributions of members.
Find out if Al‑Anon, Alateen, or Al‑Anon Adult Children
might be right for you.
Learn about alcoholism
as a family disease and its effect on us.
Help and Hope
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. We believe alcoholism is a family illness, and that
changed attitudes can aid recovery.
Al‑Anon is not allied with any sect,
denomination, political entity, organization, or institution;
does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes
any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al‑Anon is
self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.
Al‑Anon has but one
purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by
practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to
families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and
encouragement to the alcoholic.
Al‑Anon’s Suggested Preamble to
The Twelve Steps
Reprinted with permission of
Al‑Anon Family Group Headquarters, Virginia Beach, VA.
Alateen Preamble to
Changes Stemming from Covid Pandemic
In the wake of COVID-19, many Al‑Anon
and Alateen groups have returned to meeting in person while many
others still meet virtually or in hybrid format. We maintain a virtual
meeting information page with a schedule
of virtual meetings with login instructions. It also has
important information on anonymity and confidentiality problems
arising in virtual meetings with suggestions on how to mitigate
them. There is also a list of in-person
meetings and groups that are still suspended. See the regular
meeting schedule for locations and times of
If the status of your Al‑Anon or
Alateen meeting changes, e.g., becomes virtual or restarts in
person, please immediately notify AIS at 952-920-3961 or email@example.com
so that the website can be kept up-to-date.
In addition to local virtual
meetings, there are many established electronic Al-Anon
meetings. Some are on the Internet in formats such as
email, chat, bulletin board and voice via internet. Others
are telephone meetings. See our electronic
meeting page for a link to information maintained by the
The pandemic put Minneapolis
Al‑Anon/Alateen Information Services and St. Paul
Al‑Anon/Alateen Intergroup under financial stress since
sale of literature and contributions from groups are down.
In order to survive, AIS and
Intergroup need increased financial support from
members. Please give generously.
Note: Contributions are not accepted from
anyone who is not an Al‑Anon or Alateen member.
Status of Minneapolis AIS and St. Paul
We Will Be There For You!
Information Services of Greater Minneapolis (AIS)
is staffed our regular weekday hours (Monday through Friday 9:00
AM – 4:00 PM) and is closed Saturday. It is open for
personal visits. Alternatively, AIS takes phone orders for
literature to be shipped to you. Occasionally no one will
be in the office for short periods, so please call before
You can make
contributions to AIS over the phone using a
credit or debit card
952-920-3961) or by check
(mail to AIS, 7204 W. 27th St., Suite 101, St. Louis Park,
Al‑Anon/Alateen Intergroup is open
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays noon to 4 PM and
Wednesdays noon to 8 PM. It is closed Saturdays. The phone
(651-771-2208) is answered every day. Mail contributions
to St. Paul Al-Anon/Alateen Intergroup, 253 State Street, Saint
Paul, MN 55107.
Stay well, and we hope we will see you soon.
Have you seen Al-Anon's new daily
A Little Time for Myself
A Little Time for Myself shares the
personal experiences and many voices of the Al‑Anon
fellowship today, illustrating that Al‑Anon is indeed
for anyone affected by someone else’s drinking.
Now available at Minneapolis AIS and St. Paul
(may be out of stock; call before you come)
See the literature
page for information on other books