Secular Al-Anon


"The relatives of alcoholics, when gathered together for mutual aid, may call themselves an Al-Anon Family Group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend."

--Al-Anon's third tradition



This web page is for people interested in recovery from the effects of someone else's drinking in their lives, who want Al-Anon to be a comfortable place for people of no religion, any religion, or any uncertainty on such issues. It offers contacts and resources. If you have a secular Al-Anon meeting or want to start one, please consider listing your meeting here and using this page to help you get started.


What is a secular Al-Anon meeting?

Secular Al-Anon meetings have removed religious references from their readings and religious practices from their format. Terms such as "higher power" can be substituted for "God" in the readings. Prayer can be abandoned completely or can be replaced with secular material. Examples of readings, closings and format are given on this page.


Aside from these changes, a secular meeting is just like any other Al-Anon meeting. No attempt is made to prevent people from sharing what they need to, including religious terminology. So long as they don't proselytize, cross-talk or disrupt, they can feel comfortable at the meeting.





Secular Al-Anon Study Group

A different topic every week

Mondays 3 PM Pacific Time

For more information:

Leslie, Vancouver, B.C., co-sponsor,

Marilyn, Lawrence, KA, co-sponsor,

Wed. 7:30 PM Mountain Time
Boise Secular Al-Anon

Contact us for meeting info.

Contact: Kim L. 208-284-6826

Thursdays 12:00 PM Eastern Time
Freethinkers in Al-Anon

A topic and literature group

Contact us for meeting info.

Contact: Margo K. 703-481-6218

Fri. 12:00 PM Central Time
Any Faith Or None AFG

As individuals we are free to express ourselves, but as a group we do not pray.

for meeting info. We would love to have you.

First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St

Use North door by parking lot on Vermont. Room 107

If you would like to list your meeting on this page, send your meeting information to




Meeting format used by Boise group

12 Steps used by Boise

12 Traditions used by Boise

Alternative closings

Pamphlet for atheists

Alternative 12 Steps from members of secular Al-Anon

How it works for atheists

Short description of what the steps do for us.

Getting a secular Al-Anon meeting into WSO's meeting list

An appeal to the World Conference to enable groups in WSO's meeting list to reach out to atheists, agnostics, and polytheists.


Personal Stories and Podcasts

Listen to an interview of Chia., co-founder of the Boise secular Al-Anon group.

Listen to an interview of Kim L., co-founder of the Boise secular Al-Anon group.

Listen to an atheist in Al-Anon. 32 minutes


Just for Fun

Members write their own 12 steps

Some new slogans (and some old)