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Alateen Overview

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.

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

 Alateen Members Learn:

  • compulsive drinking is a disease
  • they can detach themselves emotionally from the
  • 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

For Teen Corner: A place just for teens affected by someone else's alcoholism, click here.

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