Who is welcome
Anyone affected by someone else’s drinking is welcome to attend any Al-Anon meeting. You don’t need to decide whether the person is or was an alcoholic, only that your life has been affected by their drinking.
Alateen is an Al-Anon program for young people in their teens. Alateen groups have one or more adult sponsors who assist them. Because teens need a place that is confidential, adults who are not sponsors cannot attend an Alateen meeting unless the group gives explicit permission for that person to attend; therefore, all Alateen meetings are labeled “closed”. Any teen who qualifies for Alateen may attend any Al-Anon meeting. Some Alateen meetings list ages lower than the teen years, allowing younger children to attend.
Many professionals in the medical, treatment, legal, and judicial systems, students, and others wish to learn about how Al-Anon may help their clients. Many Al-Anon meetings are open to the public, and anyone who wishes to learn about Al-Anon or Alateen may attend any Al-Anon meeting that is not labeled “C” (Closed).
If you are a professional or student or otherwise have an interest in finding out about Al-Anon/Alateen, please identify yourself to the meeting prior to its start and ask if you may attend.
How to find a meeting
Our website provides listings of Al-Anon and Alateen meetings in the Vermont Area listed by day and by location (using a zoom-in, searchable map), as well as a trifold printable list. The information is intended to help members, potential members, the public, and the professional community find local meetings and learn about the services they provide.
Where meetings are held
Al-Anon groups hold meetings in churches, schools, hospitals, treatment centers, clubs, and other civic buildings – any place where the groups can afford the rent. Groups pay their own way, and they are not affiliated with the owner or operator of the building at which they meet.