Alateen is part of the Al-Anon Family Groups

Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.  Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members who help the group to stay on track.  Alateens come together to:

  • Share experiences, strength, and hope with each other
  • Discuss difficulties
  • Learn effective ways to cope with problems
  • Encourage one another
  • Help each other understand the principles of the Al-Anon program


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There is Hope

One day at a time 


No matter how difficult our situation, we can build a better life for ourselves by remembering to reach out for recovery. Just keep these points in mind:

  • Alateen has helped many others. None of us is alone—many other teenagers have gone through the same problems that we have.

  • Alcoholism affects the person who drinks and those who are close to the problem drinker.
  • Learning the facts about alcoholism can make it easier to accept it as a disease.
  • Another person’s addiction to alcohol is no reflection on us. Remember that we didn’t cause it, and cannot control or cure it.
  • We are not responsible for the alcoholic’s behavior.
  • It helps to talk things over with someone we trust.
  • Being patient with ourselves and our families is important. Alcoholism has affected us and our families for a long time, and it may take a long time to recover.
  • Try to improve, “One Day at a Time.”
  • Attend Alateen, Al‑Anon, and open A.A. meetings.
  • Study the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. They are an important part of the Alateen program.