There are several Alateen meetings that take place throughout the week in and around Akron, OH.
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What is Alateen?
Alateen is a support group for teenagers aged 13 to 18 who have been affected by someone else’s alcohol addiction. Alcohol addiction affects more than just the person drinking.
Alateen is a part of Al-Anon. This is a group for family members of alcoholics. Alateen is not for teenagers who have an alcohol problem of their own.
This is a non-professional group. There are no professional counselors running the group. Alateen groups do have an adult with special training to provide safety and guidance during the meeting.
An Alateen group sponsor does not take on the role of a parent or teacher, they are there only to keep the discussion focused.
What to Expect at an Alateen Meeting
During a meeting the teenage participants are encouraged to share their feelings and talk about their struggles of being affected by an alcoholic in their life.
Sharing experiences can help others find ways to cope. Knowing that they are not alone can be encouraging and bring feelings of hope to their situation.
Teenagers can have many questions about alcohol addiction. These can be topics of discussion during Alateen meetings:
- Why does my mother or father drink too much?
- Who are alcoholics?
- Is there a cure for this illness?
- When will they realize they are alcoholics?
- What if the alcoholic never stops drinking?
- What if my friends do not want to come to my house?
- What to say to my friends when they see a family member drunk?
- What should I do if there is a violent situation?
- Does it matter if I get help if the alcoholic does not get help?
During meetings teenagers will also learn about the principals of Al-Anon. They will also learn about the 12 Steps, and the Twelve Traditions of Alateen.
The purpose of Alateen is for members to help other teenagers of alcoholics. Having a support group can help relieve some anxiety.
There are some things that should not happen at an Alateen meeting:
- Meetings are not a place to complain about parents or other people.
- Meetings are not a social hangout.
- Meetings are not for teenagers that have a drinking problem of their own.
If the adult group sponsor is not available no meeting can take place. Teenagers are always welcome at the Al-Anon family meetings if an Alateen meeting is unavailable.
The Need For Alateen Meetings
Again, Alateen meetings are not for teenagers that have drinking problems, but they are still needed in the community. Alcohol abuse affects far more than just the person who drinks too much.
People with alcohol use disorder may neglect to keep up the household or bounce from job to job. Sometimes teenagers have to take care of themselves and their younger siblings. This can be very stressful.
Alcohol Abuse Statistics in Akron
Alcohol abuse is still common, it is very likely that teens in Akron know someone with a drinking problem.
The CDC reports that 25.1% of adults over the age of 18 nationwide have had at least one heavy drinking day in the past year. Some of that drinking happens in Akron.
A report from SAMHSA shows that 1 in 10 children lived in a household with at least one parent who had an alcohol use disorder. That is around 7.5 million children 17 or younger.
The community health needs assessment for 2019 done by Akron General Medical Center reports excessive drinking by 17.9% of the population. Excessive drinking includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, and any alcohol use by pregnant women and anyone under the age of 21.
The Akron General Medical Center community health needs assessment also reports that 50% of driving deaths had alcohol involvement. This is higher than the Ohio state average of 34.3%. It is also higher than the national average of 29%.
An article in the Akron Beacon Journal shares that the CDC reported 73 deaths in Summit County were related to alcohol in 2018.
There were 294 drunk driving deaths in the state of Ohio during 2018. Drunk driving arrests for the state totaled 13,723 the same year.
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