Path to Peace Alateen

Times: 6:30 pm

Address: Congregational Etz Chaim 1710 S. Highland Ave. Lombard, IL

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Monday Night Alateen

Times: 7:00 pm

Address: Edgebrook Lutheran Church 5252 W. Devon Chicago, IL

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Northfield Alateen

Times: 7:00 pm

Address: Temple Jeremiah 937 Happ Rd. Northfield, IL

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Arlington Heights, IL –  Alateen Meetings

What is Alateen?

Alateen is a group/fellowship of young teenagers and young adults whose lives have been affected by someone who has a drinking problem. By going to a meeting, teenagers and young adults can meet others who have had similar situations with someone whom they know has an addiction to drinking.

Alateen is not a group for teenagers who are struggling with alcohol or complain about a loved one who does.

Alateen has weekly support group meetings.  Family members are welcome, the age group is focused on teenagers and young adults.

The goal of Alateen is not to provide any interventions or try to convince a loved one to stop the addiction to drinking, but it is a place to congregate and share personal experiences.  It can be very hard to manage a loved one’s addiction which can enable the addiction to continue.

Alateen is a beneficial program for teenagers and young adults who know problem drinkers even if that person does not acknowledge there is a problem or is not ready to get help.

Teenagers and young adults who attend Alateen meetings can learn techniques to stop enabling behaviours and help to learn healthier coping skills.

Alateen support groups provide a place that is confidential and encourage participants while they learn the twelve steps.

Alateen has meetings scheduled all over the globe and there are many meetings that take place each week in the Arlington Height, Illinois area.

The meetings are run by individuals who have a certified Alateen group sponsor present.

There are several different types of Alateen meetings, including:

  • Beginners meetings- These are designed especially for new teenagers and young adults and can be held as an extension of another Al-Anon meeting.
  • 12-Step Study meetings – These meetings walk members through the 12-Step Study. This involves exploring the 12 step program which is used in AA and Al-Anon.
  • Open sessions – These are meetings that allow families to be present during the meeting. Regular attendees are allowed to actively participate, which reduces the load that some new people, like a teenager might feel during the first meeting.
  • Closed meetings – Members and prospective members are welcome to attend.
  • Specific Group Gatherings – These meetings are restricted to certain group characteristics.  For example, there are women-only meetings, newcomers’ meetings, members of the LGBT community, and various religions.
  • Online meetings – These work for those in remote areas where finding nearby meetings is difficult or for people who are unable to leave their homes. It provides support no matter the location and is very popular among teenagers.

What to Expect During Alateen Meetings

Every Alateen meeting type has a different format that participants follow.

Many Alateen meetings are held at churches, Alateen is not a religious organization and it is not part of any particular belief.

Sometimes teenagers and young adults are often concerned about what to expect when attending an Alateen meeting for the first time. They feel intimidated that they will be put on the spot or embarrassed in some way.

New members are free to ask questions or talk about their situation at the first meeting, but if it is more comfortable the newcomer can just say pass.  Newcomers are encouraged to listen, sit and then participate when they are ready.

The new member will always be welcomed in a warm fashion. It is important for newcomers when comfortable to share their experiences and struggles with the group as it becomes more comfortable.

During Alateen meetings, any of the following may happen:

  • Visitors and new members are asked to introduce themselves by their first names.
  • The meeting will begin with a reading from the Twelve Steps.
  • Some meetings will start with the Serenity Prayer.
  • Participants may be asked to share on specific topics.
  • There may be an open discussion, during which time, anyone can share with the group.
  • Confidentiality will be stressed at the end of the meeting.
  • Members will be asked to gather in a circle at the end to say a short prayer.

Why is Attending Addiction Recovery Meetings Important?

Attending addiction recovery meetings can be accommodating for people who are recovering from an addiction or know someone that cares for who is.  This is supportive because the person can get advice on how to manage the problem and they might not feel like they are the only person who is going through this situation.

Some of the benefits of attending recovery meetings are:

  • Understanding the implications of addiction and how to handle barriers for the person who is on the road to recovery.
  • Allows one to express circumstances without being judged.
  • Learning how to manage the addiction of themselves or for another person.
  • Having the opportunity of not being alone and being around others to share personal experiences.

Support groups like Alateen make it possible for people to get the help they need and to feel understood by others who have been down a similar road.

Traveling to SpringBoard Recovery in Arizona for Drug and Alcohol Rehab

People often choose to travel from Arlington Height, Illinois to SpringBoard Recovery for drug and alcohol rehab. There are numerous reasons why someone might make that decision, including:

  • Working with their personal insurance to find a treatment program that will accept it.
  • Finding a private setting will allow oneself to get away from their home and focus on oneself during the recovery process.
  • If the person is in the public eye due to their job, being away from the home area will allow the person to be out of the public eye and focus on recovery.
  • Wanting to participate in a recovery option that is not given at nearby recovery centers that the person lives near.
  • Finding an area that will allow the person to get away from triggers that might hinder the recovery process.

We at SpringBoard Recovery, offer recovery housing as well as our addiction treatment program. We are here to help. Please contact us today to learn more.

Attending Alateen can be very helpful, and many teenagers and young adults have gotten the support they need for themselves and manage family members. Many have been able to stop being an enabler to the addicted person.