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Are You A Teenager Troubled by Someone's Drinking?

Alateen Is for You!

Alateen - What Is It?

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
  • Learn how to use the Twelve Steps and Alateen's Twelve Traditions

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

To the Parents or Guardian of Prospective or Current Alateens

Every Alateen group needs an active, adult member of Al-Anon to serve as sponsor. The sponsor is 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 or Al-Anon.

Adult Sponsors of Al-Anon meetings in NJ have passed criminal background checks and completed mandatory training run by NJ Area 36 Assembly of Al-Anon/Alateen.  

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). All Alateen meetings are considered 'closed'. That means that only teens that have been affected by the compulsive drinking of another are welcome.

Al-Anon Members Involved in Alateen Service (AMIAS)

Al-Anon members who attend at least one Al-Anon meeting per week, have been in the Program for at least two years, and are a minimum of 25 years old are welcome to attend a training session to become an Alateen Sponsor.  Before becoming certified, the Al-Anon member must undergo criminal background and Megan's Law checks. Recertification takes place annually.  

Upcoming training dates and locations are posted on our homepage as they are scheduled.  Click 'Contact Us' to communicate with Alice F., our South Jersey Alateen Coordinator, for more information.

For the complete lists of over 100 Al-Anon/Alateen meetings (Day, Town, Time and Location) in South Jersey:

List of All Alateen Meetings Anywhere in NJ*

(*) You will be redirected to the official site of NJ Area 36 Assembly of Al-Anon/Alateen


Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA

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