Obstacles to Success in Al-Anon

All Al-Anon discussions should be constructive, helpful, loving and understanding. In striving toward these ideals. we avoid topics that can lead to dissension and distract us from our goals.

1.     Discussions of Religion: Al-Anon is not allied with any sect or denomination. It is a spiritual program, based on no particular form of religion. Everyone is welcome, no matter of what affiliation or none. Let us not defeat our purpose by entering into discussions concerning specific religious tenets.

2.     Gossip: We meet to help ourselves and others to learn and use the Al-Anon philosophy. In such group therapy, gossip can have no part in program. We do not discuss members of others, and particularly the alcoholic; our dedication to anonymity gives people confidence in Al-Anon. Careless repeating of matters heard at meetings can defeat the very purpose for which we are joined together.

3.     Dominance: Our leaders are chosen not to govern, but to serve. No member of Al-Anon should direct, assume authority or give advice. Our program is based on suggestion, interchange of experience, rotation of leadership. Each person makes progress in his or her own way and pace. Any attempt to manage or direct is likely to have disastrous consequences for group harmony.