Category Archives: AboutOurPrograms

Alcoholism – a family disease

For family members, alcoholism causes a progressive inability to predict their own behavior because of the growing preoccupation with and reaction to another person’s drinking. Generally speaking, if a person is wondering whether alcoholism is the problem, it probably is. Family members need to hear that the emotions they feel are a normal reaction to alcoholism. Frequently, they… Read More »

Are you a teenager? Alateen might be for you!

Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose life have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Alateen is an integral part of the Al-Anon program. Although the age range is usually 13-18, each group can decide if they will include members younger than 13. As members approach the age of 18 they are encouraged to transition… Read More »

Al-Anon/Alateen is self supporting

“Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” Al-Anon’s Tradition Seven Voluntary contributions cover each group’s rent and other expenses. It is both a privilege and a responsibility for groups and members to ensure that not only their group, but all service levels remain self-supporting (District, Area, World Service Office). This keeps Al-Anon free of outside… Read More »

About anonymity

“Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles over personalities” Al-Anon’s Tradition 12 Al-Anon/Alateen is a program based on anonymity: The identity of all Al-Anon and Alateen members, as well as members of Alcoholics Anonymous, is protected. Confidentiality is allowed to develop from a sense of trust and honesty. The focus… Read More »

Al-Anon/Alateen meeting types

Al-Anon/Alateen Meetings Include: OPEN meetings that may be attended by anyone interested in learning about the Al-Anon or Alateen programs. (See also Upcoming Events.) CLOSED: Meetings that are only for those whose life is or has been affected by a problem drinker – these meetings are closed to the general public and other observers. Some of these meetings may also be… Read More »

How Al-Anon/Alateen meetings are started

An Al-Anon or Alateen meeting can be started by: Al-Anon and Alateen members. A minister, doctor, social worker, or AA member may initiate the foundation of an Al-Anon/Alateen group. However, after the group has started, members operate the group. Professional or AA participation should be limited to open meetings.

What Al-Anon/Alateen groups are not

Al-Anon/Alateen groups are not places where you will get advice on how to make somebody else stop drinking. We do not: Give advice. Indulge in gossip or criticism. Discuss members’ religious beliefs, or lack of them. Endorse or oppose any cause, therapy or treatment. Provide support for problems other than the impact of alcoholism upon the family members.

Why do people go to Al-Anon/Alateen meetings?

Group Meetings: To learn the facts about alcoholism as an illness and how it has impacted their lives physically and emotionally. To benefit from contact with others who have similar problems. To improve their own attitudes and behaviors through the study and practice of the Twelve steps and Twelve Traditions. Al-Anon and Alateen members find help when they:… Read More »