According to Al-Anon Family Groups, Al-Anon is not an abbreviation for anything; it is a mutual support group of peers who share their experiences in coping with a problem drinker in their lives. Al-Anon complements professional treatment.
Al-Anon meetings are not considered group therapy, and they are not led by a professional counselor or therapist. As stated by Al-Anon Family Groups, Al-Anon is not a religious program, although meetings are sometimes held in a religious center. According to Al-Anon Family Groups, anonymity is an important part of Al-Anon meetings. Information shared during meetings and the names of those attending the meetings are kept confidential.