MENU

 

Home Page

- Site Search

 

To Newcomers

 

For young adults

 

About Alateen

 

Al-Anon Adult Children

 

To Professionals

 

Literature

 

Meetings Page

Printable meeting list

Calendar of meetings

 

Al-Anon Events

 

Announcements

 

News/Event Archives

 

Bulletin board/Shares

 

Member’s Stories

 

Grief and Loss

 

Links/Resources

 

Group/Member Corner

 

Al-Anon Structure

 

District 5 business

 

Contact Us

 

Site Index

 

 

 District 5 Al-Anon/Alateen

 

Alateen: For Young People Affected by Another Person’s Drinking

 

About Alateen

Alateen literature

Alateen sponsorship/resources for Alateen sponsors

Becoming a Michigan Alateen sponsor

More Alateen information

Alateen stories

 

Please note: Some documents linked on this page are in PDF files that can only be viewed with  Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. This software is free and downloadable from the Adobe Web Site.

 

About Alateen

Alateen is Al-Anon’s recovery program for young people (mostly teenagers up to age 19 years) who are living with or affected by the problem drinking of another person. The information about Al-Anon on our home page and newcomer’s page also applies to Alateen.

 

In Alateen, as in Al-Anon, members share their experience, strength, and hope with each other. We do not tell others what to do about their own personal situation. In Alateen, you will meet other young people who share similar feelings and experiences, even if not your exact situation. If you are “Alateen-age” and you feel you are affected by another person’s drinking, you are welcome in Alateen, whether you think the person is an “alcoholic” or not, whether the person is still drinking or has stopped drinking, whether or not the person is living with you or not, and whether the person is directly related to you or not

 

Alateen meetings are free. There are no dues or fees for membership, although meetings will generally “pass a basket” for voluntary contributions. You do not need to register or sign up to attend; you can just find a meeting and come.  You do not need written permission to attend.  Local Alateen meetings are included on our meetings page. 

 

The World Service Office does not register Alateen “on line” meetings, due to concerns of the teens’ safety from potential Internet predators.  Any “on line” meetings, chat rooms or bulletin boards that call themselves “Alateen” are not sanctioned by, registered with, or in any way monitored by the Al-Anon World Service Office.

 

The age range of Alateen members varies between different meetings and different areas. Some meetings have a lower age limit of 12 or 13; some accept children under age 12. The upper age limit for Alateen may be 18 to 21, again depending on the meeting and area. When Alateen members reach the upper age limit for Alateen, they are encouraged to attend regular Al-Anon or Al-Anon Adult Children meetings, where they will be welcome! The pamphlet, “Moving On! From Alateen to Al-Anon” describes transitioning from Alateen to Al-Anon, and may be available at local Alateen or Al-Anon meetings, from the Literature Distribution Center (please see our contact us page to contact the District 5 Al-Anon literature distribution center,) or it may be ordered from the Alateen literature area of the Al-Anon World Services web site

 

Everything said in Alateen meetings should be kept confidential. No attendance list is kept and no reports of attendance are made.

 

The Alateen program is not designed to help teenagers who may have an alcohol problem themselves to stop drinking. Teenagers who want help to stop drinking are welcome in Alcoholics Anonymous. However, Alateen welcomes teenagers who are affected by another person’s drinking, and who also are or may be alcoholics.

 

Alateen Literature

The Al-Anon publication, “Facts About Alateen” (P-41) provides information about the Alateen program.

Facts About Alateen” (P-41) is reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.

 

The Al-Anon publication, “Is Someone's Drinking Getting To You? Alateen Is For You!” (S-20) may help you decide if Alateen might be of help to you.

Is Someone's Drinking Getting To You? Alateen Is For You!” (S-20)

Reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.

                               

Al-Anon publishes a newsletter for Alateen members, “Alateen Talk.” Excerpts from volume 44/number 2 of “Alateen Talk.” can be read here.

Excerpts from volume 44/number 2 of “Alateen Talk are reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.

 

Additional literature about Alateen and for Alateens is available in the Alateen literature area of the Al-Anon World Services web site.

 

Alateen Sponsorship

All registered Alateen groups are “sponsored” by Al-Anon members, who help facilitate Alateen meetings and functions.  Each Area of Al-Anon has developed a process to certify Alateen sponsors and to register Alateen groups that ensures that Alateen sponsors and groups meet the Area's safety and behavioral requirements.

 

The World Service Office offers several resources for people interested in sponsoring an Alateen group:

 

The Al-Anon publication, “Alateen Sponsorship--Is It For You?” (S-27) provides an overview of the requirements to be an Alateen sponsor.

Alateen Sponsorship--Is It For You?” (S-27) is reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.

 

The Al-Anon World Services Office publishes, “A Guide For Sponsors Of Alateen Groups,” (P-29,) a free, four page guide describing who Alateens are, how to start an Alateen group, and what Alateen Sponsors do (available from some area literature distribution centers or from the Al-Anon World Services web site literature area.)

 

The Al-Anon World Service Office developed a guideline for anyone interested in Starting an Alateen Group (G-19.)

Starting an Alateen Group (G-19) is reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.

 

The Al-Anon World Service Office developed a guideline for members interested in starting Alateen meetings in schools (G-5.)

Alateen Meetings in Schools (G-5) is reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.

 

The Al-Anon World Service Office developed a guideline for Area Alateen coordinators (G-24.)

Area Alateen coordinators (G-24) is reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.

 

The Al-Anon World Service Office developed Alateen Safety Guidelines (G-44) for ensuring safety for Alateen members and sponsors.   

Alateen Safety Guidelines (G-34) is reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.

 

The Al-Anon World Service Office developed a guideline for Alateen conferences (G-16)

Guideline for Alateen conferences (G-16) is reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.

 

How To Become an Alateen Sponsor in the Michigan Area

Al-Anon Family Groups of Michigan provides guidelines for Al-Anon members interested in becoming involved with Alateen service, as Alateen group sponsors or in any other capacity. The guidelines provide information on qualifications for and responsibilities of Alateen service, and helpful information for working with Alateen groups and Alateen members and for dealing with situations and questions that may arise. “Michigan AFG Required Guidelines for Alateen Service” are posted below. 

 

The Michigan area requires all Al-Anon members interested in Alateen service to be “certified” by the Michigan area. To become certified, members must be at least 21 years of age, must have two or more years of experience in Al-Anon, must submit information to Michigan Al-Anon Family Groups, and must have a “background check” done by Michigan Al-Anon Family Groups. This is to ensure the safety of Alateen members and groups, and of all who are involved in Alateen service. Members involved with Alateen service find it extremely rewarding and well worth the time and effort required to submit the required forms!  If you have additional questions about sponsoring or supporting Alateen in the District 5 area or about the process to become certified, you are welcome to e-mail or contact us.

 

The forms for Al-Anon members to become involved with Alateen service are below. These forms must be filed out in full and sent by ground mail (not e-mail) to the Michigan Alateen coordinator! For the mailing address for the Michigan Area Alateen Coordinator, please e-mail us at afgdistrict5@gmail.com or contact us.

w Form for Al-Anon members to become involved in service to Alateen: please click here.

w Form for the “background check” required for certification please click here.

w Form for Alateen group registration and for updating Alateen group records: please click here.  (This form is used to update Alateen group records with both the Michigan Area and World Service Office. It should be sent to the Michigan Area Alateen coordinator, as above.)

w Michigan AFG Required Guidelines for Alateen Service: please click here.

                

Additional Alateen Information

Information about Alateen can be found on the Alateen pages of the Al-Anon World Services site.  Information about Alateen events is included on our Events page.

 

Alateen Stories

Alateen stories from the Forum, Al-Anon’s monthly magazine:

w My Higher Power has a plan for me.

w One Alateen conference changed my life.

w Alateen taught me about the disease of alcoholism.

w Dealing with my parents’ alcoholism – one teen’s story.

w Son copes with stepfather's disease.

All stories are reprinted with permission of The Forum, © Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA. All Rights Reserved.

 

If you are thinking about what Alateen may be able to offer to you, we hope these stories from Alateen members will help you know that you are not alone, and encourage you to try the Alateen program and attend a meeting.

 

Click here to return to the top of the page