Al-Anon is a different organization than the Alcoholics Anonymous intervention organization, and it has different goals that do not center around addiction recovery success rates. Al-Anon offers a recovery and emotional rehabilitation course for friends and family members of alcoholics, regardless of whether the alcoholic seeks treatment himself.
Rather than basing its program around the idea of a success rate, Al-Anon attempts to treat alcoholism as a family disease and offers group therapy to friends and relatives in need. The wife of William Griffith Wilson, the original founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, founded the organization in 1951. Al-Anon and Alcoholics Anonymous use similar 12-step systems as the centerpieces of their programs.