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Al-Anon and Alateen Family Groups in Santa Barbara

Institutions and Professionals

Outreach to 5 Bath at Cottage Hospital on Monday evenings and Casa Serena have been suspended due to public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

To the Institutions, Hospitals and Professionals that recognize that alcoholism is a family disease, please feel free to contact Al-Anon Santa Barbara by either telephone, mail, or web form for help or information about the Al-Anon/Alateen program. We may be able to provide a speaker panel, literature, meeting directories, or help starting a meeting in Santa Barbara (Carpinteria to Goleta).


It has long been a practice of Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups to reach out to provide help, hope, and information to Institutions such as hospitals, shelters, treatment centers, correctional and residential facilities, prisons, work farms, jails and correctional schools.

We offer to bring experienced Al-Anon/Alateen members to help lead meetings, share their experience, strength and hope, provide literature and meeting directories to refer families and friends to Al-Anon/Alateen groups near their homes.

Families and friends may be relieved to find that alcoholism is a disease and the effects of alcoholism are often a contributory cause of the relative or friend being confined. It may be a relief to find there is help and hope for the families and friends suffering from the effects of this disease.


Professionals in medicine, religion, law and education, and employers, governments, courts, prisons, and mental hospitals are often some of the first to be consulted or to recognize the pain of the relative or friend of the alcoholic. We provide goodwill and facilitate an exchange of information to professionals that Al-Anon and Alateen are resources for families and friends of alcoholics. We understand, as perhaps few others can.

Al-Anon Speaks Out is a complimentary newsletter for professionals and is published biannually. It provides an explanation of the Al-Anon/Alateen program and how it works; reports on developments and items of interest in the fellowship; and explains how members cooperate with the professional community. Al-Anon Speaks Out, located on our World Service web site, has several articles of interest to professionals. The Al-Anon Membership Survey indicates that 51% of our membership attended their first Al-Anon meeting as a result of professional referrals.

For more information, please visit our World Service Office (WSO) web site designed especially for the professional seeking information for their client.