Alateen for You? Meeting
Time & Location
is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives
have been affected by someone else's drinking. Alateen Is part of the
Al-Anon fellowship designed for the younger relatives and friends of
alcoholics through age nineteen.
conduct their own meetings with the guidance of an Al-Anon sponsor and
follows the same Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and principles as
of Alateen - Young people come together to:
experience, strength and hope with each other.
discuss their difficulties.
effective ways to cope with their problems.
encourage one another.
each other understand the principles of the Al-Anon program.
learn how to use the Twelve Steps and Alateen's Twelve Traditions.
drinking is a disease.
can detach themselves emotionally from the drinker's problems while
continuing to love the person.
are not the cause of anyone else's drinking or behavior.
cannot change or control anyone but themselves.
have spiritual and intellectual resources with which to develop their
potentials, no matter what happens at home.
can build satisfying and rewarding life experiences for themselves.
and Alateen Members Are Helped When They:
meetings on a regular basis.
telephone contact with other members.
the Twelve Steps of recovery to their lives.
- Become involved
in Al-Anon service work.
- Welcome others
seeking help & information.
group needs an active, adult member of Al-Anon to serve as sponsor.
The sponsor is an active part of the group, guiding and sharing knowledge
of our Twelve Steps and Alateen Traditions.
Colorado Alateen Tells Her Story
known as Alateen has given me strength and a reason to live. This program
has saved my life. I found the love and care that I needed here. People
at these meetings know what you are talking about because they have
been there. They have had or still have the same feelings you do: pain,
hope and disappointment. Realizing that you need to keep faith and that
you are not alone has made it work better.
When I first
came, I didn't want to be there. I thought nobody there knew what I
had gone through or the feelings I had and have, but I only found out
how wrong I was. Everybody loves me, but that isn't based on whether
or not they like me. I kept coming back to this 'lame' place because
no matter who I was inside I felt accepted and that was a feeling I
needed. I didn't have to wear fashionable clothes or wear a mask on
my face. This was a place that I was given permission to cry and you
weren't judged for it. Because of this, I kept coming back. In the beginning
I was lost, but now I'm found. If I stop going, I will find myself back
in the starting place and that is a bad situation.