Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone's else's drinking.

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This is a rap created by New Zealanders:

Purposes of Alateen
Young people come together to:

  • share experience, strength and hope with each other
  • discuss their difficulties
  • learn effective ways to cope with their problems
  • encourage one another
  • help each other understand the principles of the Al-Anon program

Every Alateen group needs two active and approved, adult members of Al-Anon to serve as sponsors. The sponsor is an active part of the group, guiding and sharing knowledge of our Twelve Steps and Traditions.

Is someone's drinking getting to you?
Alateen is for you. Alateen is for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. The following 20 questions are to help you decide whether Alateen is for you.

Alateen Members Learn:

  • compulsive drinking is a disease
  • they can detach themselves emotionally from the drinker's problems while continuing to love the person
  • they are not the cause of anyone else's drinking or behavior
  • they cannot change or control anyone but themselves
  • they have spiritual and intellectual resources with which to develop their own potentials, no matter what happens at home
  • they can build satisfying and rewarding life experiences for themselves

Alateen members meet in church halls, school rooms or other suitable places (many times in the same building as an Al-Anon group, but in a separate room). For information on Al-Anon/Alateen meetings in your area, click here.

Alateen Literature
Members are encouraged to read Al-Anon and Alateen Conference Approved Literature and materials. Written from members' personal sharings, these recovery tools can help young people deal with their problems.