Al-Anon and Alateen have been in existence for over 60 years as a community resource. Providing support to those affected by someone else’s drinking. Today, there are more than 25,000 Al-Anon and Alateen groups meeting in 133 countries and 107 electronic (internet and telephone) meetings. All meetings are anonymous and confidential. There are no dues or fees for membership.
Disclaimer: In keeping with Traditions Eleven and Twelve, Al-Anon Family Groups respect the anonymity of all Al-Anon, Alateen, and Alcoholics Anonymous members. When any full-face image is published, the person in that image is not an Al-Anon, Alateen, or A. A. member.
Alateen, part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people whose lives have been affected by alcoholism in a family member. We believe alcoholism is a family disease that affects all the family members emotionally and sometimes physically. We come together to support one another by sharing our experience, strength and hope. Although we cannot change or cure our parents, we can detach from their problems and continue to love them. We focus on the solution to our problems. We do this by applying the Twelve Steps to ourselves which in turn helps us to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Alateen gives us a wonderful, healthy program to live by and enjoy.
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
compulsive drinking is a disease
that they can detach themselves emotionally from the problems created by the drinker 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
If you are between the ages of 13 and 18 years, and have been affected by someone's drinking, consider visiting an Alateen meeting. You'll meet other young people just like you who are experiencing in varying degrees, the same feelings of pain and frustration. Alateens use the program to find serenity, even happiness, whether the other person is still drinking or not.
The Sponsor is an active part of the group, guiding and sharing knowledge of our Twelve Steps and Alateen Traditions.