Young people can find several Brookings area Alateen meetings every week.
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What is an Alateen Meeting?
Alateen is a support group for teenagers of alcoholic parents or friends.
This program is a branch of Al-Anon. Both are geared to be a support group to individuals who know someone who struggles with alcohol. However, Alateen meetings focus on supporting teenagers.
Alateen meetings are mostly for teenagers. The support group is a safe place for teens to share their stories and work through the issues they are facing from a loved one’s drinking addiction.
The meetings are free to the teens and led by an adult.
The Importance of Alateen Meetings
Alcoholism influences and impacts the stability of relationships, finances, and the future of the person who is an alcoholic as well as those closest to them.
Whether a teenager lives with an alcoholic loved one or not, they can be detrimentally affected
Excessive drinking can lead to alcohol abuse and addiction. Alcohol addiction has been on the rise.
Sometimes people who struggle to handle stress and who also have certain mental health issues often turn to alcohol to get relief. This has impacted many families and friendships.
Teenagers who have relationships with those addicted to alcohol may not know how to deal with these changes.
Teens who live in a family or who have a friend who has become addicted to alcohol face particular situations that are commonly attributed to the misuse of alcohol.
Sometimes a loved one can be overtly drinking, which means the whole world knows about it. That can be embarrassing for a teen to have everyone know what is happening in their family.
Other times, the loved one can be hiding their drinking and living the life of what is called a closet drinking. That can be scary because the teen may not know who they can trust to talk to about their concerns.
Either situation can be difficult for a teenager to navigate by themselves.
Learning how to identify patterns of behavior and healthy coping skills is healthy for a teenager struggling with a loved one’s alcoholism.
It is important for teens to know that a friend or relative’s problem is not their problem. They need to know how to deal with being blamed when they are being told it is their fault.
It is unhealthy for teens to bury the painful effects of someone’s alcoholism. By doing so, a teenager can feel sick and not even understand why.
There are programs in our communities to help teens work through the challenges that come with knowing an alcoholic, and Alateen is one of them.
Alateen meetings can offer the support teens need. There are onsite meetings and online meetings available to teenagers.
These meetings can help them make healthy choices for themselves while staying connected to their loved ones in positive ways. The meetings can empower healthy boundaries while giving them a confidential place to work through their situations.
Alateen provides positive community support to help the teenager live beyond the alcoholic’s struggles and tactics. They are safe places for teens to go and work through their personal situations without judgment.
What is Expected at an Alateen Meeting?
When coming to an Alateen meeting, young people can expect to be greeted by an adult who understands the difficulties they have faced from their loved one’s drinking addiction.
Not only will there be an adult to support them on their personal journey to be healthy, but they will find other individuals who have similar stories.
There are also online Alateen meetings where teens aged 13 – 18 can expect to be treated with the same respect by an adult leading the group. They can download the Alateen Mobile App and have a meeting available at their fingertips. Once a teenager is signed up, they can set the date and time they are available to attend and the app will alert them for the upcoming meeting.
Together, teens can help one another develop coping skills and become stronger. They will discover a few important things to help them in their decision-making:
- To make wise decisions for themselves
- The decisions of the alcoholic are not their fault
- They can love alcoholic parents or friends with healthy boundaries
- The alcoholic’s story does not have to be their story
- They can maintain a healthy relationship with their loved ones with support
This program is provided to young people by adult supporters who know and understand the value of receiving support during trying times. There is no cost to attend.
Teens should know they are worth it! No matter what has been said to them on a bad day or on a drinking binge, they are valuable, and it is good to get help.
All the teen needs to do is show up, be kind, honest, and supportive to other teenagers in their peer group.
Everyone faces challenges in different ways. When a teen comes to be part of the solution, they are making a difference for themselves and those around them.
With healthy support groups like Alateen, no one has to suffer alone. Help is available for them to continue to grow into adulthood and become healthy adults.
Traveling to SpringBoard Recovery in Arizona for Addiction Recovery
Alcoholics need support to recover from addiction successfully, and that can be hard to find in one’s own area.
Many adults may choose to travel for rehab for any of the following reasons:
- They may not want others to know what is happening in their family.
- They may need a different place to focus on the healing process.
- They may decide that a change in scenery is necessary for them to get a fresh start.
- They may want an alternative or holistic recovery process that is not available close to home.
- They need services their insurance will cover, which are not available in their area.
There are times when traveling for addiction recovery support is really the best solution. We are here for you. SpringBoard Recovery provides treatment as well as housing for those who desire to stop drinking and focus on recovering.
We invite you to call us today for more information!