Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Materials included in this section provide helpful information on starting an Alateen group, serving a group, and meeting ideas for Alateens.
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
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 behaviour
- 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
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.
Members are encouraged to read Al-Anon and Alateen Conference Approved Literature and materials. Written for members’ personal sharings, these recovery tools can help young people deal with their problems.