I first went to Alateen to please my mom

I first came to Alateen because my mom told me about it, and wanted me to give it a try. So, to please my mother, I went to my first meeting.

I was nervous because I didn’t know or trust anyone who was there. When I walked in, the first thing I noticed was the feeling of love and friendliness. Immediately, I felt warm and welcomed.

Three and a half years later, I am still going to meetings, and today I am the Group Rep. This program has helped me start trusting people again, and realize that the whole world isn’t as bad as I used to think.

The alcoholic in my life is still drinking, but thanks to Alateen, I have learned that someone else’s drinking is not my problem. I need to focus on myself and detach. If I ever need a refresher on  how to deal with things, I take  out my daily readers and my Courage to Be Me (B‑23) and read until I feel like I can deal with things again.

I owe a huge debt to Alateen because, if it weren’t for this program, I would probably no longer be in this world. Thank you,
Alateen.

By Alec
The Forum, December 2013