Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.
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 each other
- help one another understand the principles of the Alateen program
Every Alateen group needs two active, adult members of Al-Anon (certified by their local Area) to serve as sponsors.
The sponsors are an active part of the group, guiding and sharing knowledge of the Twelve Steps and Traditions.
Paper presented at the 2018 International Al-Anon General Services Meeting: Supporting the Alateen Culture
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 behaviour
they cannot change or control anyone but themselves
they have spiritual and intellectual resources with which to develop their own potential, no matter what happens at home
they can build satisfying and rewarding life experiences for themselves
Alateen members meet in church halls, school rooms or other suitable places (usually in the same building as an Al-Anon group, but in a separate room.) Meetings are held throughout Australia.
A recent media article highlights an Alateen member's experience:"Living with an alcoholic parent can be as damaging for children as it is for the person drinking", CitiNews (Canberra).
Members are encouraged to read Alateen Conference-Approved Literature and materials. Written from members' personal sharings, these recovery tools can help young people deal with their problems. You can browse Al-Anon and Alateen literature online (identified in red).
The Alateen newsletter Alateen Link-Up, February 2019 is now available - which AGSO aims to publish four times each year, distributing it with Al-Anon's national magazine Austra-Link and also online.
The international Al-Anon office has produced podcasts, videos and other interesting information for teenagers that can be safely accessed online. It is called Teen Corner - A place just for teens affected by someone else’s alcoholism: https://al-anon.org/newcomers/teen-corner-alateen/.