A fellowship of kids, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone's else's drinking
. Alateen is a safe
place where kids can come
together to share and recover from the effects
of living with the problem drinking
of a relative or friend.
requirement of membership is that there be a problem
of alcoholism in a relative or friend.
Alateen's program of recovery is adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA
) and is based upon the Twelve
Traditions, and the Twelve
Concepts of Service. It is not a religious organization, though some groups may meet in churches.
*compulsive drinking is a disease.
*they can detach themselves emotionally from the drinker's problems while continuing
*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.
At first John
was unsure when his friend
him to come to the Alateen meeting, thinking it was a relgious cult. What John
found there, however, were other teenagers whom
he could relate to. Not all of them listened to the same music, but he found he could relate to what they were going through and he found tools
to deal with
an alcoholic. After several meetings he began to feel less alone.