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July 16, 2013 > Alateen supports kids affected by others' drinking

Alateen supports kids affected by others' drinking

Submitted By Joyce Pfenning

An anonymous support program called Alateen is available for teenagers adversely affected by other people's drinking. These meetings are a safe place where teenagers can talk to their peers on subjects that they cannot discuss with friends or family. Participants are free to share with other teens who have experienced similar situations.

Meetings are held every Tuesday and Friday night to talk about family members or friends whose drinking bothers them, low self-esteem or anger. Anonymity is the foundation of this program - what is said in these meetings, stays in these meetings.

Those attending and facilitators are usually between 12 and 20 years old. Meetings are also attended by two adult sponsors who have gone through a background check. Some meetings have younger teens, 8-11 years old, who may participate. Adults 21 and over can attend a program for adults called Al-Anon.

On Saturday, July 27 Al-Anon and Alateen will hold a special meeting and open its doors to all members of the community: police officers, teachers, counselors, coaches, therapists, parents, youth ministers, and anyone else who is interested in this program. Alateens will share information about their problems and how this program has helped them.

A potluck will be served; bring a dish to share.

Al-Anon and Alateen Open Meeting
Saturday, July 27
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Holy Redeemer Church Hall
35660 Cedar Blvd., Newark

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