In response to the
pandemic, we are maintaining a COVID-19 information page
which includes a schedule of
“virtual” (electronic) meetings and a list of suspended and
restarted meetings. It also has information on
anonymity and confidentiality problems that arise in virtual
meetings and suggestions on how to mitigate them. Please
notify AIS (952-920-3961 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you learn of a
suspended, restarted or virtual group we may not know about.
the increasing level of COVID-19 vaccination in Minnesota, the
Governor has lifted almost all restrictions on in-person
gatherings, including recovery meetings such as Al-Anon.
Many groups have restarted, some requiring or strongly
recommending that masks be worn. A few restarted groups
are continuing also to meet virtually.
If your Al‑Anon or Alateen meeting
is suspended, is “going virtual” or has restarted,
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 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
for information on how Minneapolis Al‑Anon/Alateen
Information Services and St. Paul Al‑Anon/Alateen
Intergroup continue to serve you. The pandemic is putting
these organization under great financial stress since sale of
literature and contributions from groups are way 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.
About Al‑Anon / Alateen
Groups, which includes Alateen and Al‑Anon
Adult Children, has been in existence for almost 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
more than 280 Al‑Anon and Alateen meetings
in the Minneapolis and St.Paul metropolitan area. Meetings
are anonymous and confidential. There are no dues or fees for
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
We Will Be There For You!
Information Services of Greater Minneapolis (AIS)
will be staffed only our regular weekday hours (Monday through
Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, closed Saturday). It is
now open for personal visits but mask are required for
unvaccinated visitors. Alternatively, AIS takes phone
orders for literature to be shipped to you or picked up
curbside. Occasionally no one will be in the office for
short periods, so please call before you come.
You can make
contributions to AIS over the phone using a
credit or debit card
952-920-3961) or by check
(mail to to AIS, 7204 W. 27th St., Suite 101, St. Louis Park,
Al‑Anon/Alateen Intergroup is open
Tuesdays and Thursdays noon to 4 PM and Wednesdays noon to 8 PM.
The phone will continue to be answered every day. Mail
contributions to St. Paul Al-Anon/Alateen Intergroup, 253 State
St., Saint Paul, MN 55107.
Stay well, and we hope we will see you soon.
Minnesota South Area 2021 Calendar
Every year Minnesota South Area produces a
calendar with the dates of Al‑Anon and Alateen
events. The 2021 calendar is now out and is being mailed
to all Minnesota South Area Al‑Anon and Alateen
groups. Additional free copies will be available at
Minneapolis Al‑Anon/Alateen Information Services and St.
Paul Al-Anon/Alateen Intergroup.
You can download
a printable copy (PDF) or view the calendar online.
Have you seen Al-Anon's newest book?
Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships
Members share their challenges with all
aspects of intimacy – physical, emotional and spiritual
– in all relationships affected by the family illness of
Available at Minneapolis AIS and St. Paul
See the literature
page for information on other books