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About Us

What We Do

This website was put together by a fellowship of relatives and friends harmed by the actions of Gottawanna’s, and Dog On The Roof... 

We believe that Gottawanna’s and Dog On The Roof are Groups that have a illness that has harmed ours, and many others lives. 

That with a change in attitudes, and a stronger connection to a Higher Power, they can change, which can aid in their recovery. And there for, our recovery.

Our purpose is to welcome and give comfort to the families and friends of those harmed by the Gottawanna’s and Dog On the Roof.

By giving encouragement, knowledge and an understanding of the illness and how it has affected the lives of many.


To present a warning to those who may be wondering about these groups. And for those who wonder what maybe happening to a Loved one, or friend, who enters these Groups.  

We that have lived with this illness understand it as perhaps few others can. 

We to, were lonely and frustrated. 

But we have Hope, no situation is really hopeless.

With the guidance of our Higher Power, it is possible for us to find contentment and even happiness.

We pray to be an instrument of our Higher Powers and create change in those who are blinded by the Cult. So they may also see their Higher Powers shining light of good will, kindness, and Love, towards all.


So we try, little by little, one day at a time, with the loving and positive attitudes that our Higher Power would want, to do God’s Will.

We wish to provide a safe, loving and open forum for those seeking knowledge of these Cults.

And with the knowledge of the "Harm" done by the Cults, affect the "Courage to Change".


Because some members do see the Light, and have escaped the Dark Side of these Groups. 

They seek the forgiveness, and Love, from their Higher Power.  

Have the desire to make Amends to those they have harmed.

And again enjoy the Serenity and Spiritually that their Higher Power would want for them...


The claims contained on this website are largely sourced from information in the public domain, with most of it coming from official

Al-Anon websites. Al-Anon ​leaders​ spent years conducting extensive interviews with people who were once ​part of the

Gottawanna Group and then left (often called "escapees"or "Goneawannas")​. ​

These interviews, in addition to public information, revealed the nature of many Gottawanna Groups practices. ​

This website is an attempt to provide easily found information on Gottawanna Groups.

So those who may be exposed to them are aware of their activities.

Most of the quotes and partial quotes, on this page are from the Delisting Letter,  Dated April 20 , 2010. 

Many are direct quotes from How Al-Anon Works for Family & Friends of Alcoholics.

On the About Us page there is a PDFs of the Delisting Letter, and other information, that may be contained on this website.


We are Non-Members and Members of the Fellowship of Al-Anon. Some of us are "Working the Program", and some never have.

What we have in common is that we all have been "Harmed" by the actions of the Gottawanna's and the Dog On The Roof groups. 

And we hope that Newcomers and New Members, with the information on this page, will avoid the pain of our experiences. 

Our belief is that the Members of the Fellowship of Al-Anon need to be aware, and respond accordingly.

"We​ ​share​ ​the​ ​responsibility​ ​for​ ​protecting​ ​and​ ​preserving​ ​the​ ​character​ ​of​ ​our​ ​fellowship, for​ ​being​ ​sources​ ​of​ ​help​ ​and​ ​hope​ ​to​ ​those​ ​affected​ ​by​ ​alcoholism,​ ​and​ ​for​ ​accurately representing​ ​the​ ​Principles​ ​of​ ​our​ ​program​ ​to​ ​the​ ​world​ ​at​ ​large." 

Below is a list of the Al-Anon websites used as sources:

Al-anon Family Groups, Information Service Office of Orange County, website.

Southern California Al-Anon Area Web Site. 

SCWS Al-Anon" website, under the "Assembly Presentations" tab. - Task Force for Resolving Group and Member Concerns.  

Possible Questions Regarding Southern California Policy for Resolving Group and Member Concerns, Revision as of December 2, 2016


Delisting Groups Letter.

Final Task Force Presentation.

Final Q&A Resolving Concerns.

2020 Town Hall

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