Alateen groups provide a place where young people who are troubled by another person's drinking can share their stories, their strength, and their hope. In the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Al-Anon Family Groups, children and teenagers often attended meetings with their parents. Alateen began with a 17-year-old boy who knew he needed an outlet for sharing his experiences with other young people. His father was a member of AA and mother was a member of Al-Anon Family Groups. At first, he used the Twelve Steps and slogans of AA, but that was not enough. With encouragement from his parents, he asked five teenagers he knew who had parents with a drinking problem to form a group. The purpose of the group was ...

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