” Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.” 

Al-Anon/Alateen organizational structure

The structure of Al-Anon Family Groups may be depicted as an inverted pyramid, with the organization’s headquarters (the World Service Office) at the bottom and the “autonomous”[22] groups at the top. 


Al-Anon and Alateen members meet in Groups for fellowship and support. Each Group may elect a Group Representative (GR) to represent a group at District meetings. 


Al-Anon and Alateen Groups Group Representatives (GRs) attend District meetings. At these meetings they discuss service activities, Group issues (their primary purpose being to be a forum for Groups) and information from their Area and the World Service Office (WSO) of Al-Anon and Alateen, with GRs having voting privileges. A District may host regular events, such as workshops and speaker meetings, for the local fellowship. 


An Area comprises several Districts. ( for example: Texas is divided into two Al-Anon and Alateen Areas, East and West. Each Texas Area has about a dozen Al-Anon and Alateen Districts, for a total of about 24 in the state.) Each Area has regular meetings (known as Assemblies) where Group Representatives (GRs) meet and vote on issues impacting that Area, host workshops and speakers and get Area information to bring back to their Groups. 

New York North-

Area Newsletter-

Area Information Service (AIS-Syracuse)

World Service

At Area Assembly, GRs elect a Delegate to the annual World Service Conference (WSC). The WSC meets annually to interface with the World Service Office (WSO), which is managed by administrators and overseen by the Board of Trustees (who meet more regularly themselves). 

World Service-

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