About Alateen

Alateen is part of the Al-Anon fellowship designed for the younger relatives and friends of alcoholics through the teen years. Alateen members conduct their own meetings with the guidance of an Al-Anon member Sponsor. Alateen groups follows the same Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and principles as Al-Anon.


Alateen Groups

Children affected by alcoholism usually feel mixed emotions of love, hate, fear, and pity for their alcoholic relatives and friends, and have a deep need for help.

In Alateen, members learn to think as individu­als without fear. They develop the ability to detach themselves emotionally from the alcoholics in their lives while retaining their love for them.

Many have found a new way of life in Alateen, a healthy program to live by and enjoy.

Alateen groups must have Sponsors who are active Al-Anon members and meet their area's minimum Alateen safety and behavioral require­ments. Ideally, Sponsors should not be parents of members of the group. Members of Alateen can also choose to have a personal sponsor, who can be another member of Alateen or Al-Anon.

Click here to find out more about becoming an Alateen sponsor.

Alcoholism, The Family Disease (P-4). Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA


The Alateen Purpose

Alateen, part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people whose lives have been affected by alcoholism in a family member or close friend. We help each other by sharing our experience, strength and hope.

We believe alcoholism is a family disease because it affects all the members emotionally and sometimes physically.

Although we cannot change or control our parents, we can detach from their problems while continuing to love them

We do not discuss religion or become involved with any outside organizations. Our sole topic is the solution of our problems. We are always careful to protect each other's anonymity as well as that of all Al-Anon and A.A. members.

By applying the Twelve Steps to ourselves, we begin to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We will always be grateful to Alateen for giving us a wonderful, healthy program to live by and enjoy.

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


In Alateen, Young People Come Together to:


"Together we can make it" - How Alateen Helps

The following video was designed for teens affected by someone else's drinking. You will hear from anonymous members of Alateen who will explain in their own words what life was like before they found Alateen, how Alateen has helped them and what life is like for them today. You will also hear from professionals, why they recommend Alateen and how Alateen can help.




Alateen members meet in church halls, school rooms or other suitable places (many times in the same building as an Al-Anon group, but in a separate room). Please check our "Al-Anon & Alateen Group Meetings in Nassau County" page to locate an Alateen Meeting near you. You can also contact us for more information or questions you may have.

                                                                  "Just for Today"