Al-Anon and Alateen Information Services Grand Rapids Area (616) 222-0632 Phone Answering Service
Al-Anon and Alateen Information Services Grand Rapids Area(616) 222-0632 Phone Answering Service 

A Fellowship of Teens Affected by Someone Else's Drinking

Alateen is... A fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.


Alateen's Purpose

  • Share experience, strength, and hope with each other
  • Discuss difficulties
  • Learn effective ways to cope with problems
  • Encourage one another
  • Help each other understand the principles of the Al-Anon program


What We Learn in Alateen

  • Compulsive drinking is a disease
  • We can detach ourselves emotionally from the drinker's problems while continuing to love the person
  • We are not the cause of anyone else's drinking or behavior
  • We cannot change or control anyone but ourselves
  • We have spiritual and intellectual resources with which to develop our own potentials, no matter what happens at home
  • We can build satisfying and rewarding life experiences for ourselves


Alateen Preamble

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 or close friend. We help each other by sharing our experience, strength, and hope.


We believe alcoholism is a family disease, because it affects all the members emotionally and sometimes physically. Although we cannot change or control our parents, we can detach from their problems while continuing to love them.


We do not discuss religion or become involved with any outside organizations. Our sole topic is the solution of our problems. We are always careful to protect each other's anonymity as well as that of all Al-Anon and AA members.


By applying the Twelve Steps to ourselves, we begin to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We will always be grateful to Alateen for giving us a wonderful, healthy program to live by and enjoy.


Alateen Literature

Members are encouraged to read Al-Anon and Alateen Conference Approved Literature and materials. Written from members' personal sharings, these recovery tools can help us deal with our problems.


Link to sample Alateen newsletter, found at Al-Anon/Alateen World Service website:

Where to Find Us

Alateen members generally hold their meetings at locations such as a school, recreation center, hospital, religious facility, or other public place. Many times Alateen meetings are held in the same facility as the Al-Anon meetings.


To learn where you can find an Alateen meeting, contact Al-Anon and Alateen Information Services of Grand Rapids Area at (616) 222-0632 or visit our website,


Be good to yourself and make the call.

You Are Not Alone!


On the first Friday of every month at 7pm ET there is a Al-Anon speaker meeting. All are welcome to attend. 

First Friday Speaker Meeting Flyer 2.pdf
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