The difference in AA and Al-Anon.
1. AA is for alcoholics.
2. Al-Anon is for NON-alcoholics.
It's like trying to compare steak with fruit. (No offense Al-Anons)
In AA -- the idea is to get sober and stay sober so that you can live sober. Totally sober. 100% sober. Absolutely no alcohol at all.
In Al-Anon -- you can have a program and still drink.
If you're an alcoholic, and you're not finished drinking, and ready to get some more DUIs... at least, if you're going to Al-Anon, you'll periodically hear that you need to be in AA. Of course, you might also hear this from a judge, a spouse, a doctor, a lawyer, a neighbor, or even your favorite bartender that really does like you.
I hope that answer helps.
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