Northern Illinois District 14 Kankakee County

What is Alateen?

Alateen is a fellowship of teenage and young Al-Anon Members - young people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Teens 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.

Two Al-Anon members, who have been trained and certified to work with Alateens, are present at every Alateen meeting.  Our District has an Alateen meeting – See the Local Meetings page for details. Teenagers are also welcome to attend regular Al-Anon meetings.