Alateen is part of Al‑Anon Family Groups. Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.
They experience many of the same feelings that adults do including a sense of loss, confusion and guilt.
In Alateen, young people meet to exchange experiences and to gain an understanding of themselves and the alcoholic. This helps their own personal development and can help stabilize troubled thinking resulting from close association with an alcoholic.
Alateens come together to:
• Share experiences, strength, and hope with each other
• Discuss difficulties
• Learn effective ways to cope with problems
• Encourage one another
• Help each other understand the principles of the Al-Anon program
• Learn how to use the Twelve Steps and Alateen's Twelve Traditions
Their ages usually range between 12 and 18; however, some groups have members younger than 12.
Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members who help the group to stay on track.