Information for Educators
Dealing With Young Children
Have you found some children under your care who depict a little different pattern of behavior like constant people pleasing/destructive/abusive/too mature/withdrawn/isolating/quick to tears/totally silent/over achievers/too talkative??? Some of these traits could be telling a different story about them. They could be coming from traumatic background of having parents/elders/relatives with problem drinking issues at home.
Such children need special care which is provided for by an International Fellowship called Alateen established in 1957 in New York and have spread to all parts of the World and India as well.
Alateen does not discuss religion or become involved with any outside organization. Their sole topic is the solution of their problems. They are always careful to protect each other’s anonymity as well as that of all Al-Anon and AA members.
When there is evidence of alcoholism in a family, you can see the effects on the other family members, especially young people. Alateen meetings provide mutual support for young people affected by someone else’s drinking. In Alateen meetings, teens can hear from other teens how they have used the tools of recovery to help them deal with their family situations.
Alateen is a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, and uses the same Twelve Steps for recovery (adapted from the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous). Alateen is not a program for young people seeking sobriety.
Where there is no Alateen meeting available, potential Alateen members are welcome to attend Al-Anon Family Group meetings; all Alateen and Al-Anon members are welcome in Al-Anon meetings. You are invited to listen to teens and helping professionals talk about Alateen, and to request more information via our email firstname.lastname@example.org