Al-Anon/AlateenAl-Anon Family Groups and Al-Anon are different names for a “worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics, whether or not the alcoholic recognizes the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.” Alateen “is part of the Al-Anon fellowship designed for the younger relatives and friends of alcoholics through the teen years”.

Al-Anon was co-founded in 1951, 16 years after the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous on June 10, 1935, by Anne S . and Lois W. (wife of AA co-founder Bill W.). Before the formation of Al-Anon, independent groups of families of alcoholics met. “Bill thought the[se] groups could be consolidated and that Lois should be the one to take it on.”

Al-Anon adopted the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous for their use “word for word with the exception of the Twelfth Step”, changing the word “alcoholics” to “others” (“we tried to carry this message to others”). Its name derives from the first parts of the words “Alcoholics Anonymous”. Alateen, part of Al-Anon, began in California in 1957 when a teenager named Bob “joined with five other young people who had been affected by the alcoholism of a family member.”