Facts about Alateen

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


Young people come together to:


  • 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


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 from themselves



Every Alateen group needs Al-Anon Sponsors who area minimum of 21 years old, currently attending Al-Anon meetings, are active members of Al-Anon for at least two years in addition to any time spent in Alateen, and meet their area requirements. Sponsors are an active part of the group, guiding, and sharing knowledge of our Twelve Steps and Traditions.


Members of Alateen can also choose to have a personal sponsor, who can be another member of Alateen.


Where Alateens meet:


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.)


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 them deal with their problems.

If you would like to know more about how Alateen can help, follow the link below for additional information:
        Alateen for teens

You can also our call Al-Anon Family Services Office of Middle Tennessee at (615)333-6066 or email us at afsofmiddletn@gmail.com for more information. 

Locate a Meeting near you.