SoberRecovery Glossary of Recovery Terms
Alateen is aimed at teenagers who have a family member or friend
who is alcoholic. Each Alateen group is sponsored by at least
one Al-Anon member. Working the 12 Steps, teens learn about the
disease of alcoholism, how to detach from the family problems
caused by alcoholism, how to protect themselves and how to give
and receive support from other teens in similar situations.
Alateen members meet regularly, usually once a week and often
concurrently but separately with an Al-Anon group. . Meeting styles
include: speaker meetings where one or two members share the story
of their recovery from a podium; discussion meetings where members
share their experience with a particular topic, and step studies
where members discuss their experience working with the 12 Steps.
Membership in Alateen is informal. The only requirement for membership
is that the teenager has a family member or friend who is alcoholic.
Anonymity is taken seriously, protecting Alateen members, Al-Anon
members and the alcoholic.
It is important the teen recognize that Alateen is NOT designed
to show someone how to get an alcoholic to stop drinking. Rather,
its purpose is to show teens how to recover from the effects of
living in a family with an alcoholic, whether the alcoholic is
in recovery or not.