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
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.