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/Alateen 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 for themselves


Alateen members are helped when they:

    ▪ Attend meetings on a regular basis
    ▪ Make telephone contact with other Alateen members
    ▪ Read Al-Anon/Alateen literature
    ▪ Have another Alateen member as a sponsor
    ▪ Apply the Twelve Steps of recovery to their lives
    ▪ Become involved in Al-Anon service work


Alateen Meetings

Alateen meetings are held 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). Every meeting has at least two active, adult members of Al-Anon who serve as sponsors for the group, guiding and sharing knowledge of the Twelve Steps.

Go to our Alateen Meetings page for information about Al-Anon/Alateen meetings in your area.


Alateen Group Sponsorship

Every Alateen group needs at least two active, adult members of Al-Anon who can commit to serving as a sponsor to the group on a regular basis. Every sponsor goes through a certification process by Memphis Area AIS to become an “Al-Anon Member Involved in Alateen Service” (AMIAS).  Please visit our Area website for more information: https://tn-al-anon.org/tn-alateen/.

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Alateen literature is available for purchase through the Memphis Area Literature Distribution Center.

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