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Alateen Meeting

Date: Friday, January 01, 2016 - Friday, December 30, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM -

Why Should I Attend?

It's very difficult when a parent, stepparent, grandparent, friend, sibling, or anyone else in one's life has a drinking problem.  It affects how young people are treated and it shapes their world.  Alateen meetings are where teens can find support and understanding from people their own age who are going through similar difficulties.
 

How will Alateen help me?

There's not a magic formula that enable you to help someone stop or cut down on their drinking.  Alateen is a part of Al-Anon Family Groups.  Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.  Alateens come together to:  share experiences, strength and hope with each other -  discuss difficulties - learn effective ways to cope with 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
 

How can I help my children?

When there is a drinking problem in the family, all family members are affected.
 
Explaining the Disease
 
It's easy to deceive ourselves into thinking that the children don't know what is going on.  But if we are really honest, we will see that the children do know something is terribly wrong.  Children have an amazing capacity for dealing with the truth.  Shrouding the illness in mystery and lies is far more frightening than a down-to-earth talk about the disease of alcoholism.  If your children are too young for Alateen, the best help you can offer them is to attend Al-Anon Family Group meetings yourself.  It is similar to the directions given on an airplane; put your own oxygen mask on first, and then try to help others.  By learning more about the disease of alcoholism and sharing with other who have experience similar situations, you will be better able to support your children in dealing with your family members.

 What is a meeting like?

In Alateen meetings, young people share their own experiences - everyone in the meeting has been affected by someone else's drinking.  Some currently live with a problem drinker, others do not.  Alateens share their feelings, encourage each other, and share how the Alateen program helped them.  the adults in the meetings are the Alateen Group Sponsors, who help the teenagers stay focused on the Alateen program.  They share that they have come to understand that alcoholism is a disease and that:  they are not the cause of anyone else's drinking or behavior - they cannot change or control anyone but themselves - they can detach themselves emotionally from the drinker's problems while continuing to love the person - they can build satisfying and rewarding life experiences for themselves, whether the alcoholic still drinks or not.
 

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