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Welcome to the Area 24 (Maryland and Washington DC) Al-Anon and Alateen Family Group (AFG) web site. This web site is currently under going some revisions and you are likely to see changes over the next several months. The objectives of the changes are to maintain critical information (eg., meeting, contact and calendar information) while planning and implementing design changes and enhancements. We understand that it is impossible to provide everything for everyone. However, we sincerely appreciate everyone's suggestions so the web site will truly be a valuable resource for the first time visitor as well as the seasoned Al-Anon and Alateen member.

If you would like to make a suggestion that may help make the web site an invaluable resource for all, please notify WebMaster24@MarylandDC-Alanon.Org.

Area 24 Al-Anon Family Group (AFG) of Maryland and Washington DC
PO Box 10890
Parkville, Maryland 21234-0898

Area24@MarylandDC-Alanon.org (general Al-Anon or Area 24 questions)
Newsletter@MarylandDC-Alanon.org (newsletter updates)
WebMaster24@MarylandDC-Alanon.org (web site updates)

Twelve Steps of Al-Anon

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.
Study of these Steps is essential to progress in the Al-Anon program. The principles they embody are universal, applicable to everyone, whatever his personal creed. In Al-Anon, we strive for an ever-deeper understanding of these steps, and pray for the wisdom to apply them to our lives.
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.