Alateen is... A fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.
What We Learn in Alateen
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.
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: http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/pdf/alateentalk.pdf
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, www.grafg.org