- How do I enroll in Alateen?
There isn't any formal enrollment into Alateen. If you have been affected by another person's drinking and you are between the ages of 8 - 19, you qualify for membership.
- Can my parent attend Alateen meetings with me?
Absolutely not. Alateen meetings are for younger members of Al-Anon. Except for Alateen sponsors or during special events, adults are not allowed to attend Alateen meetings. This creates an atmosphere in which the members of Alateen are more comfortable sharing amongst themselves.
- Is there adult supervision at the meetings?
Yes. Two adult Al-Anon members (known as AMIAS - Al-Anon Member In Alateen Service) who have been approved as Alateen Sponsors by the Area Alateen Process Person attend every meeting.
- Who should attend Alateen?
Alateen offers help and hope to the younger members of families and friends of alcoholics. If you are 19 or younger and have been affected by another's drinking, then Alateen is for you.
- Do I have to say anything at the meeting?
No - you can just sit and listen if you want. All you need to do is say your first name.
- What if I see someone I know at a meeting?
Anonymity is an important principle in both Al-Anon and Alateen, as is confidentiality. Who you see and what is said in the Alateen group meeting stays in the meeting and doesn't leave the room.
- Is Alateen some kind of religious prayer group?
Al-Anon and Alateen are spiritual fellowships. Meetings do not concentrate on any specific religious teachings or principles, and members of any religious faith or of none are welcome at the meetings.