Have you ever wondered why the Suggested Preamble to the Twelve Steps of Al‑Anon and Alateen appears in so many pieces of Conference Approved Literature? Does your Al‑Anon or Alateen group read it as part of the meeting format? The Preamble explains in a gentle manner how our program unfolds as we allow ourselves to practice the spiritual principles found therein. It carries the message that reminds everyone at the meeting that we are there for one reason only—to recover from the family disease of alcoholism.

Whether your meeting is new or long-standing, the “Suggested Preamble to the Twelve Steps” defines who the members of Al‑Anon Family Groups are and why we are here. It serves as a guide for every group as it welcomes new members and provides a solid foundation for those of us who keep coming back.

The Forum, April 2019