Alateen

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 another
  • help one other understand the principles of the Alateen program 

Sponsorship:

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.  

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 themselvesMeetings

Meetings:

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.  

Alateen literature:

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).   

Alateen Link-Up:

The Alateen newsletter Alateen Link-Up, May 2013 (778 KB) 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.

Alateen Online: 

The international Al-Anon office has produced podcasts, videos and other interesting information for teenagers that can be safely accessed online. The specific section of the website is at: http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/members-and-professionals-talk-about-alateen, which will open in a new browser window.