Alateen is part of AlAnon Family Groups. Alateen is a closed support group meeting offered to teenagers whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.
Alateen members who attend the meetings have the opportunity to share their feelings, encourage each other and to share their difficulties.
Alateens are able to understand that alcoholism is a disease and that:
- They are not the cause of anyone else’s drinking or behavior
- They cannot change of control anyone but themselves
- They can detach themselves emotionally from the drinker’s problems while continuing to love the person
- They can build satisfying and rewarding life experience for themselves, whether the alcoholic still drinks or not.
A loved one’s drinking may impact the health of children. Hear the stories of teens who have participated in Alateen sessions:
Learn what professionals say about Alateen: An interview with Jerry Moe, the National Director of the Children’s Programs at the Betty Ford Center, a part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Rancho California.
Learn what more professionals and teens say about Alateen