There are several Lowell area Alateen meetings taking place all week long.
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What is Alateen?
Alateen is a part of Al-Anon that is specifically for teenagers who are affected by someone else’s alcoholism. It is not meant for those that suffer from an alcohol problem.
Much like Al-Anon, Alateen is a non-professional support group. There is an adult sponsor for each Alateen group, and they are the only adult in the meetings. Adult sponsors must have background checks performed and be an active member of Al-Anon.
Group sponsors are there to ensure meetings are run appropriately and safely. They are not there to act as a teacher or parent. Their role is to keep meetings on track and on task.
What to Expect at an Alateen Meeting
Meetings are at a specific time set up by each local group. During an Alateen meeting, members share their experiences with each other. Everyone is encouraged to share if they feel comfortable.
The purpose of Alateen is to help other teenagers who are affected by someone else’s drinking problem. Members are encouraged to read Al-Anon and Alateen-approved literature. Alateen Talk is a newsletter specifically for this group.
Alateen members learn the following:
- Alcoholism is a disease.
- They are not the cause of someone else’s drinking or behavior.
- They cannot change or control anyone but themselves.
- They can build a satisfying and rewarding life for themselves.
- They can detach themselves emotionally from the drinker’s problems while still continuing to love that person.
During meetings, the Twelve Traditions of Alateen and the 12 steps of AA are discussed. Following the 12 steps themselves allows teens to encourage other teens, friends and family as they become familiar with the principles themselves.
Some other things that could be discussed at Alateen meetings are common questions that some teens might have:
- Who are alcoholics?
- Is there a cure for this illness?
- What to say to friends if they see a family member drunk?
- What if my friends do not want to come to my house?
- Does it matter if I get help when the alcoholic will not get help?
- What should I do if a situation becomes unsafe or violent?
Alateen is not a place to complain about parents of anyone else. It is also not a social hangout. It is a place to share experiences and hope with one another in order to cope with their problems.
The Need for Alateen Meetings
Alateen meetings are needed in the Lowell, MA area. Alcohol abuse is an issue in every city in the United States. About 1 in 8 children (8.7 million) aged 17 or younger lived in households with at least one parent who had a past year substance use disorder (SUD), according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
According to a Community Needs Assessment performed in Lowell, MA, the second-largest health issue is alcohol abuse/dependency. 65% of the people assessed either have or know of someone who has a problem with alcohol.
Alcohol was also listed as the second most often abused substance in the area, second only to heroin.
Traveling to Arizona for Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Traveling to another state for drug and alcohol rehab is becoming more common. There are many people leaving the state for rehabilitation services.
People have different reasons to seek treatment options outside their hometown.
Sometimes seeking treatment outside the area is necessary due to a limited number of options within one’s hometown. Not every city has facilities that offer rehab or sober living facilities.
Along with seeking a facility for treatment, one may also look at the options that facilities provide. Some people may wish to achieve sobriety on a more holistic approach, and other people may need a more Western approach. Looking at treatment in different areas of the country opens you up to a more diverse selection of treatment options.
A new environment allows new habits and new routines to be made. This can be very helpful when working on treatment. Creating new habits in a new place can alleviate triggers and stress that may lead to drinking. The treatment process may be a little smoother by focusing on health in a different environment.
The environment itself can be an important factor when working on treatment. It is beneficial to have a quiet area where one can relax and be able to work on themselves in peace.
Health insurance companies may only provide coverages for specific treatment facilities. These facilities may be out of state. All drug and alcohol rehab programs do not take every kind of insurance, and a program that is not an in-network provider can have a high cost.
Another reason for traveling out of state for treatment could be a need for privacy. Some job positions such as a business owner or prominent lawyer or another career could call for a more private rehab program. Many people who have a higher public profile choose treatment options that are outside their home areas.
No matter what the reason is, seeking treatment out of state can provide a level of comfort and help a person to be able to better focus on their treatment and not worry about privacy or stress from their day-to-day life or family stress.
At SpringBoard Recovery, our goal is to create a personalized recovery plan for each individual. We treat each person with respect and dignity.
We provide a wide range of therapy options and have recovery housing options as well.