Al-Anon is a support group for families and friends of people who abuse alcohol. The group is a spin-off organization of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Al-Anon began when family members and friends waited outside AA meetings for their loved ones. These spouses and relatives found they could help each other by sharing stories and strategies for coping and began to meet on their own; by 1952 Al-Anon had a name and its own charter. Today, there are hundreds of groups that meet all over the world and online. Al-Anon follows many of the same organizational guidelines as AA, with a 12-step program and 12 Traditions at its core. The 12 Steps are the same as those used in AA.