A new Alateen meeting is starting in Carbondale, Illinois, on September 11, 2011, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in the St. Francis Xavier Church Annex Building at the corner of Walnut and Poplar Streets. The Annex Building is the smaller building behind the church, with a separate entrance off the parking lot on Walnut Street.
The group is not affiliated in any way with the church.
After the first meeting on September 11, 2011, meetings will be held weekly, every Sunday from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. An Al-Anon meeting is held in the next room at the same time each Sunday.
Are you a teenager who has been hurt or embarrassed by a drinker’s behavior? Do you make excuses or cover up for problems caused by the drinking? Do you think that if the drinker stopped drinking, your other problems would be okay?
If your answer to any of these questions is yes, Alateen may be able to help you. Alateen, part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people whose lives have been affected by alcoholism in a family member or close friend. You are welcome to join this group.
If you can’t make it to the first meeting of this Alateen group in Carbondale, don’t worry. The Alateen group will continue to be open to new members and will welcome young people affected by alcoholism whenever they are ready and able to walk in the door.
Alateen is especially designed for younger people. Alateen is part of the Al-Anon fellowship, the support group for partners and friends of alcoholics.
Each Alateen group has an Al-Anon sponsor experienced in Al-Anon and the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions that guide the fellowship.
As an Alateen group becomes established, with a core group of regular members, the role of the sponsor diminishes, and the Alateen group members are encouraged to take more responsibility for the group and the meetings.
Sometimes people are afraid to talk about difficult situations at home, thinking they are alone with their problems and no one else can understand. Alateen, like Al-Anon, is a place for people in difficult situations caused by someone’s alcoholism to meet with others with similar experiences to share problems openly, to learn more about alcoholism, and to find ways to live happy lives regardless of other people’s behavior.
As mentioned above, anyone who thinks an Alateen meeting may be helpful to them is welcome to attend the Alateen meeting at St. Francis Xavier Church Annex in Carbondale, Illinois, Sundays 7:00 to 8:00 pm. If you like it and think you can find help at the meeting, you are welcome to continue coming for as long as you find it useful.
For more information on Alateen and Al-Anon, and their relationship to Alcoholics Anonymous, see:
Right Health Results for Alateen
Al-Anon Family Groups: How Will Alateen Help Me?
SIAFG [Southern Illinois Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups] Alateen Information