Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.
Is someone else’s drinking bothering you?
You can use these 20 questions to help you decide whether Alateen is for you.
You can also learn more about Alateen, online meetings, and other opportunities here.
Where can I find an Alateen meeting?
Face-to-face meetings in Vermont are temporarily cancelled, but you can now attend virtual Alateen meetings — click here to find out when and how!
And Alateens are always welcome at all Al-Anon meetings.
Want to serve an Alateen group?
Each Alateen meeting must have two Al-Anon members attending the meeting who have completed the process of becoming an Al-Anon Member Involved in Alateen Service (AMIAS). If you think you might be interested in becoming an AMIAS, write to email@example.com, and your message will be forwarded to the VT Area Alateen Coordinator. You can also take a look here to see the requirements, guidelines, and forms that are needed to serve in this way.
Suggested Alateen Preamble to the Twelve Steps
Al-Anon’s 2021 World Service Conference approved a substantial revision to the Suggested Alateen Preamble to the Twelve Steps. The revised version is ready to be used in Alateen meetings and events using the Alateen name:
Alateen, part of Al-Anon Family Groups, is for young people who have been affected by alcoholism in a family member or friend. We help each other by sharing our experience, strength, and hope.
We believe alcoholism is a family disease affecting everyone emotionally and sometimes physically. Although we cannot change or control the alcoholics in our lives, we can detach from their problems while continuing to love them.
In Alateen we focus on our own program rather than outside issues such as religion, politics, social media, or other Twelve Step programs. There are no dues for membership. Alateen is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions. Alateen has one purpose: to help young people affected by someone else’s drinking. We are careful to protect each other’s anonymity as well that of all Al-Anon and A.A. members.
By applying the Twelve Steps to ourselves, we begin to recover from the effects of the family disease of alcoholism mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. This allows us to encourage our alcoholic relatives and friends, and to give hope to other teens.