There are many Alateen meetings taking place in Cincinnati area every week.
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What is Alateen?
Alateen is a group/fellowship of young Al-Anon members that are teenagers and young adults whose lives have been affected by someone who has a drinking problem. By going to a meeting, teenagers can meet other teenagers 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.
Alateen has weekly support group meetings. Family members are welcome, the meetings are focused on helping teenagers and young adults.
The goal of Alateen is not to provide any interventions or try to convince a loved one to stop 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.
Teenagers and young adults who attend Alateen meetings can learn techniques to stop enabling behaviors and help to learn healthier coping skills.
Alateen meetings also provide teenagers and young adults an outlet to share experiences, concerns and possibly give and receive helpful advice.
Alateen has meetings scheduled all over the globe and there are many meetings that take place each week in the Cincinnati, Ohio 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 newcomers 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.
- 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. This provides support no matter the location, and this option is very popular among teenagers.
What to Expect at an Alateen Meeting
Every Alateen meeting type has a different format that participants follow.
Newcomers are often concerned about what to expect when attending an Alateen meeting for the first time. They may be timid and that is okay. They also may be intimidated that they will be put on the spot or embarrassed in some way.
Newcomers are free to ask questions or talk about their situations at the first meeting, but if it is more comfortable, they can just say “pass.” Newcomers are encouraged to sit and listen, and then participate when they are ready. They 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 newcomers 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 or members may be asked to share on specific topics.
- There may be an open discussion, during which time, anyone can share with the group.
- There might be a short break to allow for a drink, restroom break, or socialization.
- At the end of the meeting, the importance of confidentiality will be stressed.
Members may be asked to gather in a circle at the end to say a short prayer.
The Need for Alateen Meetings
Attending addiction recovery meetings can be helpful for people who are recovering from an addiction or know someone that cares for who is.
According to the 2019 Health Collaborative Report, 38% of driving deaths are related to alcohol in Hamilton County where Cincinnati is located.
According to Psych Central, 28 million children in the United States have an alcoholic parent.
This means that many teens need support, and Alateen is helpful 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.
- Receiving help on how to handle the anxiety and depression as one manages the addiction.
- 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.
Organizations like Alateen make it possible for people to get the help they need and to feel heard by others who have been down a similar road.
Traveling to Arizona for Drug and Alcohol Rehab
People often choose to travel from Cincinnati, OH to SpringBoard Recovery for drug and alcohol rehab. There are numerous reasons why someone might make that decision, including:
- Finding a treatment program that will accept their personal insurance plan.
- Being in a private setting will allow oneself to get away from their home and focus on oneself during the recovery process.
- If the person is a public figure, being away from the home area will allow the person to be out of the public eye while focusing on recovery.
- Finding a recovery option that is not offered in the local area such as holistic recovery.
- Wanting to participate in a recovery option that is not given at nearby recovery centers that the person lives near.
- Going to an area that will allow them to get away from triggers that might hinder the recovery process.