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Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.



Al-Anon and Alateen members are people just like you and me–people who have been affected by someone else’s drinking. They are parents, children, spouses, partners, brothers, sisters, other family members, friends, employers, employees, and coworkers of alcoholics. No matter what our specific experience has been we share a common bond: we feel our lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Alcoholism is a family disease. The disease affects all those who have a relationship with a problem drinker. Those of us closest to the alcoholic suffer the most, and those who care the most can easily get caught up in the behavior of another person. We react to the alcoholic’s behavior. We focus on them, what they do, where they are, how much they drink. We try to control their drinking for them. We take on the blame, guilt, and shame that really belong to the drinker. We can become as addicted to the alcoholic, as the alcoholic is to alcohol. We, too, can become ill.


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God grant me the serenity; To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.

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The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.

Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.


Many who come to Al-Anon/Alateen are in despair, feeling hopeless, unable to believe that things can ever change. We want our lives to be different, but nothing we have done has brought about change. We all come to Al-Anon because we want and need help.

In Al-Anon and Alateen, members share their own experience, strength, and hope with each other. You will meet others who share your feelings and frustrations, if not your exact situation. We come together to learn a better way of life, to find happiness whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.

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One of the Al-Anon program’s basic principles is that of anonymity. Meetings are confidential, and we do not disclose whom we see or what we hear at meetings to anyone.


There are no dues or fees in Al-Anon and Alateen meetings. Most groups pass a basket for voluntary contributions. Members are asked to contribute what they can afford, so that the group can pay rent, provide literature, and offer support to local and worldwide service centers.

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Al-Anon Family Groups is a spiritual fellowship, not a religious one. We avoid discussion of specific religious doctrine, and members of all faiths (or of none) are welcome. Our Twelve Steps ask us to find a “Power greater than ourselves” who can help us solve our problems and find serenity. Each member is free to define that power in his or her own way.



Millions of people are affected by the excessive drinking of someone close.

The following questions are designed to help you decide whether or not you need Al-Anon:

1. Do you worry about how much someone else drinks?

2. Do you have money problems because of someone else’s drinking?

3. Do you tell lies to cover up for someone else’s drinking?

4. Do you feel that if the drinker cared about you, he or she would stop drinking to please you?

5. Do you blame the drinker’s behavior on his or her companions?

6. Are plans frequently upset or canceled or meals delayed because of the drinker?

7. Do you make threats, such as, “If you don’t stop drinking, I’ll leave you”?

8. Do you secretly try to smell the drinker’s breath?

9. Are you afraid to upset someone for fear it will set off a drinking bout?

10. Have you been hurt or embarrassed by a drinker’s behavior?

11. Are holidays and gatherings spoiled because of drinking?

12. Have you considered calling the police for help in fear of abuse?

13. Do you search for hidden alcohol?

14. Do you ever ride in a car with a driver who has been drinking?

15. Have you refused social invitations out of fear or anxiety?

16. Do you feel like a failure because you can’t control the drinking?

17. Do you think that if the drinker stopped drinking, your other problems would be solved?

18. Do you ever threaten to hurt yourself to scare the drinker?

19. Do you feel angry, confused, or depressed most of the time?

20. Do you feel there is no one who understands your problems?

If  you  have  answered  yes  to  any  of  these  questions,   Al-Anon   or   Alateen   may   be   able  to  help.


Al-Anon's World Service Office (WSO) is aware that at this time many Al-Anon and Alateen groups have chosen to or been asked to suspend meetings as part of public health initiatives aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) in our communities.


An alternative to local meetings are electronic meetings. These include online and phone meetings. Please find below a list of Richmond Area Electronic Meetings.  Additional online meetings can be found here.


We are grateful for your cooperation, patience, and understanding as we continue providing the services our members rely on and as we adapt to this situation, one day at a time.

Updated: 9/30/2022 along with the PDF (printable) version.

Saturday 9:00 AM (Hybrid)

Saturday Serenity



Online meeting ID: saturdays  

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6346

Access Code: 4266185#


Christ Church Episcopal - Education Bldg Room 202

(Note: According to Church policy, masks are required.)

5000 Pouncey Tract Road

Glen Allen, VA  23059

Saturday 9:00 AM (Hybrid)

Ashland AFG - Literature



Meeting ID: 839 8170 3088

Passcode: Serenity

One tap mobile

+19292056099,,83981703088#,,,,,,0#,,15152375# US (New York)

+13017158592,,83981703088#,,,,,,0#,,15152375# US (Germantown)

Meeting ID: 839 8170 3088

Passcode: 15152375


First Baptist Church

800 Thompson St

Ashland VA

Back of building entrance, Upstairs Room 233

Monday 12:00 PM (Noon)

Monday Women’s Fourth Step AFG


Meeting number: 180 964 6590

Password: 057-029-AFG415

[ Passwords are case sensitive, and you must type the hyphens. ]

Or Join by phone (audio only - press * 6 on your phone's dial pad to MUTE and Unmute)

+1-415-655-0003 US Toll

Access code: 180 964 6590

Then hit the # key.

And then hit the # key a second time when prompted for the Attendee ID.​

Monday 5:30 PM (Hybrid)

The Light of Serenity


Dial-in number (US): (712) 770-4035

Access code: 189821#


St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

(Note: According to Church policy, masks are required.)
6000 Grove Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23226

Monday 6:00 PM (Hybrid)

Ashland AFG - Chair brings topic



Meeting ID: 879 5377 4665

Passcode: Serenity

One tap mobile

+19292056099,,87953774665#,,,,,,0#,,86473877# US (New York)

+13017158592,,87953774665#,,,,,,0#,,86473877# US (Germantown)

Meeting ID: 879 5377 4665

Passcode: 86473877


First Baptist Church - Rear of building, upstairs in Room 233

800 Thompson St

Ashland, VA 23005


​Monday 7:00 PM

Came to Believe

Meeting ID: 756 3055 0910

Passcode: a4sYQr

Tuesday 6:30 PM

Tuesday Night Adult Child AFG


Meeting ID: 265 257 873 (No password)

For inquiries: tuesdaynightacafg@gmail.com

Wednesday 12:00 PM (Noon; Hybrid)

Grateful Wednesday



Meeting Number: 2316 555 3849

Password: 057-029-AFG562 (password is case sensitive and you must type the hyphens)

Or Join by phone (audio only - press * 6 on your phone's dial pad to MUTE and UNMUTE)
+1-415-655-0003 US Toll
Access code: 231 655 53849
Then hit the # key.
And then hit the # key a second time when prompted for the Attendee ID.


St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

7757 Chippenham Parkway

Richmond, Virginia 23235

Thursday 11:00 AM

Hope and Serenity AFG

Free conference call: 978-990-5077

Enter code: 1464371#

Thursday 7:00 PM (Hybrid)

Bound to Improve AFG



Meeting ID: 861 4235 4460

Phone only: (301) 715-8592 ID: 86142354460


Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church - enter through parking lot entrance

(Note: According to Church policy, masks are required.)

7000 Park Avenue

Richmond, VA 23226​


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Thursday, September 29th at Noon

Speaker Meeting with Thursday's 12&12

Speaker Meeting with Judy S.

Social and light
refreshments @ 11:30

Guest Speaker
12:00 -1:00

At Christ The King
Lutheran Church
9800 W. Huguenot Rd.


September 24, 2022: 10:15am to 1:00ish pm

Virginia Area Alateen Sponsor Workshop

Saturday, September 24th, 2022 10:15 am to 1:00ish pm

(details attached)

September 17th: 9:00 AM to Noon

Moving From Resentment to Compassion through Experience, Strength & Hope

  • Sponsored by:  Southside Virginia District Al-Anon

  • Open to Al-Anon with Participation from AA

  • September 17th: 9:00 AM to Noon

  • Picnic themed lunch provided

  • Location Kenwood United Methodist Church, 25200 Richie Avenue, Petersburg, Virginia

Starting September 7, 2022 at 7:00pm

Wednesday Live is Back in Action!

Westminster Canterbury
Jacqueline Room
1600 Westbrook Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227

Saturdays 10:00-10:30am via Zoom

Newcomers Reception

Are you new to the Al-Anon program?  Come and hear members share their experience, strength and hope, and bring your questions about the program.
If you have been regularly attending Al-Anon feel free to come and welcome our newest members.  We ALL have experience, strength and hope that can be beneficial to others.  This is a great way to be of service and you may also learn something!

Zoom meeting info is the same as the This Too Shall Pass Saturday morning 9AM meeting.

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Submit new meetings, meeting updates, event flyers, etc. to the respective email addresses below. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response and subsequent updates.

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Al-Anon Family Groups 1-888-4Alanon

Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.

1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617




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