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.




Boise Idaho

7:30 PM - Boise Secular Al-Anon

8:30 PM PEER Wellness Center

5371 Franklin

Contact: Kim L. 208-208-284-6826


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



Meeting format used by Boise group

12 Steps

12 Traditions

Alternative closings

Pamphlet for atheists

Read the discussion resulting from WSO declining to list the Boise meeting.


Personal Stories of Secular Al-Anon Recovery

Listen to an atheist in Al-Anon. 32 minutes