Alanon Meeting Online

By Kayla Loibl | Last Edited: October 20, 2020 | 4 Sources

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Where to find Alanon online and what to expect at online Alanon meetings

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Alanon meetings and online Alanon, contrary to popular belief, is not directly affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous. They have similarities in the way they operate, however they are different organizations. Both organizations provide education about addiction and social support surrounding the difficulties that accompany having someone in your life struggling with addiction. The requirement for a person to engage in an Alanon meeting is that they are worried about someone with a drinking problem. This can be a partner, parent, sibling, other family member or friend. 

Just as you can now find AA meetings online, you can also find an Alanon meetings online as well.

In recent years, there has been a significant growth in the availability of Alanon meetings available online and with other platforms. In the past, it was challenging to search and find a meeting so this is a positive development. To look for as Alanon meeting online, you can visit You will find a list of meetings available.

Alanon Online - Not an Offline Substitute

An Alanon meeting online has the same goals as that of the groups that meet offline –to help the friends and families of alcoholics cope with the alcoholic.  A second goal is to provide education about Alcoholism so that everyone is more knowledgeable about common behaviors and difficulties among Alcoholics. Knowledge is power when it comes to addiction. 

Similar to Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, the organization strongly recommends that the Al-Anon meeting online not be used to replace old-fashioned meetings due to the loss of the face-to-face interaction and support available there. If participating in an online meeting, we can be easily distracted by what’s going on around us and lose focus of the meeting and its message. We also lose out on the opportunity to engage in social connections and a deeper helping relationship.

However, the Alanon organization does acknowledge that there are those who either don't have ready access to a group, have a disability or lack of child care that prevents them from getting to in person meetings. Another barrier to attending meetings in person could be conflict with work and the available groups. Different individuals have different needs, so having several ways to access Alanon groups is a positive aspect of the organization.


Official Alanon Online

In order to find an Al-Anon meeting online, you can do a Google search for “Alanon online meeting” or go to

The Online Al-Anon Outreach (OLA) website is where you can find links to the official Al-Anon meetings on the web. In the past, an official Alanon meeting online is done mainly in text chat format with a java script powering the Alanon chat rooms. More recently, platforms available for meetings include Facebook messenger, Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, Discord App, Email and Free Conference Call App. This advancement has made utilizing electronic meetings simpler and more accessible to individuals who would like to participate. Email groups tend to provide more consistent support compared to a meeting, so this is a slightly different experience than the other options. 

There are several groups available through online platforms, some of which offer support 24 hours a day 7 days a week. With this availability, it is difficult to think of a reason why someone would not be able to participate in Alanon if they wanted to.

You are able to search meetings by the language you wish to use (English, Spanish, French and others). You can also filter the day of the meeting and who would be included in the meeting. The growth of this organization has been significant which has benefited its members greatly.

When searching for a meetings, have an idea of what kind of support or characteristics of a group you would like. As we experience in everyday life, different personalities react differently to situations. What are some characteristics of a person whom you feel comfortable opening up to and talking to? Be mindful of what groups you feel comfortable in and continue attending them. Talking and sharing in these groups are recommended as it is in AA meetings. It allows you to say you thoughts out load as well as receive feedback on them. You may feel validated for your thoughts and feelings regarding your loved one.

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Unofficial Alanon Online Meetings

Others online meetings not listed at the official site can be found through the Google search. These meetings function in a similar format as Alanon, however are not included in the same organization. 

You should be able to find an Al-Anon meeting online that uses video conferencing so that there is a more realistic atmosphere to the meeting. Other options will utilize similar online platforms as the official Alanon meetings.

While the meetings listed on OLA will follow the usual protocols of an offline meeting, the unofficial Al-Anon meeting online may not which is important to be aware of when participating in them.

Your best bet would be to try several different meetings, in several different formats, until you figure out which one is most comfortable for you to participate in. 

Finding a meeting online could help you cope with the alcoholic in your life more easily as you'll be able to get support almost around the clock on the internet. Taking care of yourself is just as important as your loved one taking care of themselves. There are similarities among the family and friends of alcoholics because there are common characteristics and behaviors associated with Alcoholism

A Word of Warning 

There are some who, for their own reasons, like to cause problems during Alanon online meetings. They may be hostile and insult participants during the meeting. This type of act is called 'flaming' in web-speak.

If this happens during a meeting you have joined, then it is up to the moderator of the meeting to sort out the 'flamer'. There is no need for you to intervene.

If this does happen, I would advise you to get out of the meeting as fast as you can.

Dealing with an alcoholic, then opening up about your struggles in a group with strangers is a challenge in its own. Having some someone making light of such issues is quite inappropriate and not worth your trouble.

If you feel that this experience was not handled correctly, the good news is that there are plenty of meetings available to you. Choose a different meeting and keep trying until you find a batch that you like participating in. 

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Lead Writer/Reviewer : Kayla Loibl

Licensed Medical Health Professional 


I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LCMHC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. Read More


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