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There Is Hope No matter how difficult our situation, we can build a better life for ourselves by remembering to reach out for recovery. Just keep these points in mind:


Alateen has helped many others. None of us is alone—many other teenagers have gone through the same problems that we have. Alcoholism affects the person who drinks and those who are close to the problem drinker. Learning the facts about alcoholism can make it easier to accept it as a disease. Another person’s addiction to alcohol is no reflection on us. Remember that we didn’t cause it, and cannot control or cure it. We are not responsible for the alcoholic’s behavior. It helps to talk things over with someone we trust. Being patient with ourselves and our families is important. Alcoholism has affected us and our families for a long time, and it may take a long time to recover. Try to improve, “One Day at a Time.” Attend Alateen, Al‑Anon, and open A.A. meetings. Study the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. They are an important part of the Alateen program.


Each Alateen Group has one or two Alateen Group Sponsors. These are adult members of Al‑Anon who have been through a certification process. They provide safety and guidance in the meeting and help the Alateens keep the meeting focused on the Al-Anon/Alateen program of recovery. An Alateen Group Sponsor doesn’t play the role of a teacher or assume a parental role. They honor Alateen members’ anonymity. For the safety of all involved, Alateen groups cannot meet without certified Alateen Group Sponsors present. When Alateen Group Sponsors are not available, Alateens are welcome in Al-Anon meetings.

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