What Is Alateen?

~ 12 Steps | 12 Traditions ~

Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers,
whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking

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  • share experience, strength and hope with each other.
  • discuss their difficulties.
  • learn effective ways to cope with their problems.
  • encourage one another.
  • help each other understand the principles of the
    Al-Anon program.
  • learn how to use the Twelve Steps and
    Twelve 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 behavior.
  • they cannot change or control anyone but themselves.
  • they have spiritual and intellectual resources with which to develop their own potentials, no matter what happens at home.
  • they can build satisfying and rewarding life experiences for themselves.


Every Alateen group needs active, adult members of Al-Anon to serve as Alateen Group Sponsors. An Alateen Group Sponsor has a dual role: to provide safety in the meeting and to help the Alateens keep the meeting focused on the Al-Anon/Alateen program of recovery, sharing knowledge of our Twelve Steps and Alateen Traditions. Al-Anon Members Involved in Alateen Service (AMIAS) must meet requirements set by their state or province. For the safety of the teens and Sponsors, Alateen groups cannot meet without certified Sponsors present.

Alateen Literature

Members are encouraged to read Al-Anon and Alateen Conference-Approved Literature and materials. Written from members’ personal sharings, these recovery tools can help young people deal with their problems.

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