Families need a lot of support when someone they love has an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Fortunately, Alateen meetings are available in the Buckeye area that can help.
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Alateen Meetings in Buckeye, Arizona
Alcohol abuse affects more people than just the person drinking too much. It can damage family relationships, and affect friendships. There are Alateen meetings available most days of the week to help support teenagers in Buckeye, Arizona.
What is Alateen?
Alateen is one of the family support groups for people affected by someone else’s alcoholism. This meeting group is just for teenagers. Each Alateen group is led by one or two adult Al-Anon members called Group Sponsors who have gone through a certification process.
The Group Sponsor’s job is to provide safety and keep the group focused on the Al-anon/Alateen principles. For safety reasons Alateen groups cannot meet if the Group Sponsor is not there. Alateen members are always welcome at Al-Anon meetings if the Group Sponsors are not available.
Alateen and Al-Anon groups learn and follow the 12-step principles of AA. Alateen members also follow the twelve traditions of Alateen. These twelve traditions include the principle that each Alateen group has one purpose. That purpose is to help other teenagers of alcoholics.
Alateen is not a place for teens to complain about parents or other people. Alateen groups are not social hangouts. This group is also not for teens who have a substance use problem themselves.
Is There an Alcohol Problem in Buckeye, Arizona?
Buckeye, Arizona is part of Maricopa county. It is the westernmost suburb of Phoenix. This is a highly populated area; it is very likely that there are people in the area that struggle with alcohol abuse. The Coordinated Community Health Needs Assessment For Maricopa County listed statistics from a survey at the county level. Out of the adults surveyed 16.1% said they had participated in binge drinking during 2017.
Binge drinking is when a person has multiple drinks in a short amount of time. This can lead to health problems and accidents. For men, binge drinking is five or more drinks close together. For women, it is having four or more drinks close together.
Most people who binge drink have Alcohol use disorder (alcoholism). The binge drinking rate for the state of Arizona was 17.2% among adults in 2018. The Arizona Department of Health Services lists emergency room visits related to alcohol use and cases where people had to be admitted to the hospital overnight for alcohol-related issues. The following numbers are for the year 2018:
- 30,204 emergency room visits related to alcohol use statewide, 14,949 in Maricopa county
- 43,395 hospital admissions related to alcohol use statewide, 24,931 in Maricopa county
Get More Information About Recovery Meetings in Buckeye, Arizona
SpringBoard Recovery wants to help anyone affected by alcohol addictions. Alateen can make a huge difference in the lives of young people who have friends and family with alcoholism. There are several meetings in Buckeye each week. Contact us today for more information.