e-News for Professionals from Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters



April 2013


Help Al-Anon define Family Recovery


Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. is currently offering a survey to professionals, to assist in devising a definition of family recovery.


This survey follows a series of surveys which have been conducted with professionals and members.


There are two ways you can participate – You can click here to access the survey directly, or you can visit the “For Professionals” page on the Al-Anon Family Groups Web site to find a link. 


The survey will only take about five minutes to complete and your input will be truly valuable as we seek to finalize a definition that will be used in communicating the necessity of family recovery.


The opportunity to participate will only be available for two weeks from,

April 18 – May 2, 2013.


Please get involved today and provide your expert opinion.



Nearly half of Al-Anon members are referred to Al‑Anon by a professional


Al-Anon’s 2012 membership survey results revealed that 46 percent of respondents received a recommendation to attend Al-Anon meetings by a counselor, social worker, or other professional, at some point. The results show an upward trend when compared with 44 percent from Al-Anon’s last membership survey conducted in 2009.


Together, these results highlight the significance of the professional’s role in helping the friends and family members of alcoholics to find support in Al-Anon. Ninety-nine percent of respondents report their lives have been positively impacted from membership in Al-Anon Family Groups.


What’s more, the 2012 survey results uncover that 70 percent of those who received a professional recommendation to attend Al-Anon meetings, did end up attending because of that recommendation.


 We now understand the full magnitude of the professional’s influence in helping members to find Al-Anon. Professional referrals represent an invaluable source of credible information for those who may be suffering from the debilitating disease of a loved one’s alcoholism.


“We continue to work with professionals from many different fields to provide information about the Al-Anon program, which can be an affordable and effective supplement to their work.”


Pamela Walters, Information Analyst

Al‑Anon Family Groups, World Service Office (WSO)


From September to October of 2012, the Al-Anon Family Groups WSO conducted the Membership Survey of its members located in the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. More than 3,200 Al-Anon members participated.


The survey has been conducted every three years since 1984. It provides data on the demographic characteristics of Al-Anon’s membership, and the health benefits members may come to realize in learning to cope with the negative effects of someone else’s problem drinking.


For the full results from Al-Anon’s 2012 Membership Survey, refer to the “For Professionals” section on Al-Anon’s Web site.


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Visit the Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. LinkedIn page and click Follow once there to receive important updates, including the results of the “Help Al‑Anon define Family Recovery” survey.


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