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Alateen 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.

Members conduct their own meetings with the guidance of an Al-Anon sponsor and follows the same Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and principles as Al-Anon.

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.
    learn how to use the Twelve Steps and Alateen's Twelve Traditions.

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.

Al-Anon and Alateen Members Are Helped When They:

  • Attend meetings on a regular basis.
  • Make telephone contact with other members.
  • Read Al-Anon/Alateen literature.
  • Have a sponsor.
  • Apply the Twelve Steps of recovery to their lives.
  • Become involved in Al-Anon service work.
  • Welcome others seeking help & information.


Every Alateen 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.

A Colorado Alateen Tells Her Story

The program 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.

Holly, age 14