Alateen is Al-Anon and is a program of recovery for young people affected by the drinking problems of others — parents, grandparents, siblings or friends.
Alateen is the responsibility of all in Al-Anon as we seek recovery for our families, our friends, and ourselves from the disease of alcoholism. Younger family members have suffered as we have, and are desperately in need of Twelve Step recovery in Alateen. We in the Minnesota South Area accept the responsibility to provide safe places for Alateen members to find the hope and healing that we have found in Al-Anon
Join us in the great adventure of Alateen Sponsorship! You don’t have to do it alone! Many of us have walked this road before you, and we will help you on the way. This page can help you get started.
Most Alateen groups follow a similar format to regular Al-Anon groups. They differ in that (1) membership is limited to teenagers (this sometimes may include preteens), and (2) an Alateen group must have at least one Al-Anon member (preferably two) as group sponsor. Only Alateens and Al-Anon members who have been certified to be Alateen adult sponsors may attend an Alateen meeting, unless the meeting is explicitly open and anyone may attend.
Thus Alateen cannot exist without Al-Anon members willing to be Alateen sponsors.
The wonderful literature written by and for Alateens is a great resource for sponsors. There are two daily readers, Alateen–a day at a time (B-10) and Living Today in Alateen (B3), and two wonderful books with readings on the Steps and Traditions, Alateen – Hope for Children of Alcoholics (B-3) (also available as e-book eB-3) and Courage to Be – Me Living with Alcoholism (B-23). These all can be used in meetings and read by Alateens outside of meetings. Some groups give a daily reader to each newcomer.
Among the many helpful pamphlets are
the workbook Alateen’s 4th Step
Inventory (P-64), Twelve Steps
and Twelve Traditions for Alateens (P-18), and Alateen
Talks Back on: Acceptance (P-68), Detachment
(P-73), Serenity (P-69)
and Slogans (P-70). These can be
purchased either from Minneapolis
Al-Anon/Alateen Services or St. Paul Al-Anon/Alateen
Al‑Anon / Alateen Information Services of Greater
7204 West 27th Street
St. Louis Park, MN 55426-3112 USA (map)
Hours: MTWThF 9am - 4pm, Sa closed;
please call before you come.
St. Paul Area Al‑Anon/Alateen Intergroup
253 State Street
Saint Paul, MN 55107-1612 USA (map)
Hours: Open Tuesday & Thursday Noon to 4 pm, Wednesday Noon to 8 pm.
Minnesota South Area
P.O. Box 1059
Minnetonka, MN 55345-0059
Minnesota South Area Website: www.minnesotasouth-al-anon.org
Al‑Anon’s Monthly Magazine