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What is Alateen?
Alateen is part of the Al-Anon fellowship designed for teens who have been affected by someone else’s alcoholism. Alateen is a place where teenagers come together to:
- Share experiences, strength, and hope with each other to find a way to cope with another family member’s drinking problem.
- Discuss difficulties and the stresses of dealing with these issues and offer hope and encouragement to one another.
- Help each other understand the principles of the Ala-Non program through literature such as Twelve Steps and Alateen’s Twelve Traditions.
It is important to know that Alateen is not a place for teenagers seeking help for a drinking or drug addiction. It is not a place to come and complain about parents. It is not a place to come and just hangout. Members are encouraged to participate in the meeting by sharing their concerns they have for their family members.
Sienna from Missouri states that as an Alateen member she has learned that self care is important. She used to think that asking her dad for a ride to school, dinner to be cooked, or her basic needs to be met were selfish. After attending some Alateen meetings she learned she was not being selfish. She learned that she was doing self-care. Teens need to know that it is okay to have their basic needs met and that self care is important.
The Twelve Traditions that Alateen members follow in their meetings are:
- Common welfare should come first; unity in the group helps more members experience personal progress.
- There is one authority in our group-a loving God as he expresses himself in the consciousness of our group. Our leaders are just trusted servants. They do not govern the group.
- The only requirement in being a group member is that there is a drinking problem in a family member or friend. The teenage relatives of alcoholics, when meeting together for support, care, and mutual aid, may call themselves an Alateen Group as long as they are not affiliated with any other entity.
- Anonymity is required so that members feel safe in sharing their experiences and stories.
- The purpose of each Alateen Group is to help other teens of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the 12 Steps of AA ourselves and offering encouragement, support, and understanding to our family members.
- Alateen, as part of the Al-Anon Family, should never finance or lend our name to any outside enterprise. We should always cooperate with AA.
- Each Alateen group should be self-supported; never seeking funds from other sources or contributions from others.
- Alateens Twelfth Step work should always remain nonprofessional; however, our service centers may hire special workers.
- Our groups should never be organized but service boards or committees can be created to be responsible to those they serve.
- Alateen groups should never get involved in public controversies. Our name should never be drawn into it.
- Our public relations policy is based on attraction not promotion. We need to always maintain the anonymity of all members.
- Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions. We need to always remember that we place principles above personalities.
Statistics of Alcohol and Drug Addiction in Maricopa County
Substance and drug abuse can lead to many health problems. The Maricopa County Community Health Needs Assessments Report indicated that alcohol and drug abuse were rated as the first and second most important unhealthy behaviors seen in the community. In the survey it is reported that:
- 49.9% of the community see alcohol as the top unhealthy behavior seen in the community.
- 35.8% are concerned about drug abuse.
- As of September 30, 2019 the reported total overdose deaths in Maricopa county were 1,078.
- That number of overdose deaths in one year is alarming.
- In 2019, 91% of overdose deaths involved more than one drug.
- 92% of overdose deaths are accidental. There is a need for intervention in cases like these.
- The majority of the overdose deaths involved the abuse of opioids, methamphetamines, or alcohol.
- Over 75% of all opioid overdose deaths involved prescriptions opioids and fentanyl.
- Most of the overdose deaths consisted of people in the 35-44 age group.
It is vital to get information about the dangers of drugs to this community. There is a need for people living in drug addiction to receive encouragement and support to break free of their alcohol and/or drug addiction.
Get More Information About Recovery Meetings in or Near Avondale, AZ
At Springboard Recovery, we are commissioned to give people the support, education, accountability, and encouragement they need to fully recover from their addiction. It is important that if you are struggling with an addiction to reach out and contact us. You are not alone.
We have qualified health professionals such as therapists and medical doctors to assist you in making informed decisions on where you should go for help. The reality is that not everyone is a candidate for drug and alcohol rehab. This is a decision that must not be made on your own. Your judgment may be impaired because of your alcohol and/or drug use. You must seek the help of medical professionals to determine whether or not you need the help and support of a drug rehab. Some people benefit by going to outpatient care where they will receive individual counseling and peer support.
There are also support groups that can help you stay on track. These support groups should not take the place of individual counseling. These groups do provide encouragement to continue in recovery. They provide sponsors who will help hold you accountable in your journey to sobriety.
Avondale, Arizona has many options available to people who are seeking to break free from their drug or alcohol addiction. There are also programs that support and bring encouragement to loved ones who need to learn how to navigate this journey with their family members. Alateen Programs are perfect for teenagers who need support in coping with their parents or other family members with alcohol or drug addiction.
Would you like to know more about the recovery meetings in the Avondale, Arizona area? Please contact us today.