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It's very difficult when a parent, stepparent, grandparent, sibling, or anyone else in one's life has a drinking problem. Alateen meetings are where teens can find support and understanding from people their own age who are going through similar difficulties.

Alateen's 12-Step program of recovery is part of the Al-Anon Family Groups. Alateen is a fellowship of 12-to-20-year-olds, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Our weekly meetings are confidential, anonymous, free, non-religious, and non-professional. Alateens come together to:
Share experiences, strength, and hope with each other--everyone in the meeting has been affected by someone else's drinking.
Discuss difficulties.
Learn effective ways to cope with problems.
Encourage one another.
Help each other understand the principles of the Alateen program, including the 12 Steps.

Alateens share that they have come to understand that alcoholism is a disease and that:
They are not the cause of anyone else's drinking or behavior.
They cannot change or control anyone but themselves.
They can detach themselves emotionally from the drinker's problems while continuing to love the person.
They can build satisfying and rewarding life experiences for themselves, whether the alcoholic still drinks or not.

Northern California Al-Anon Family Groups has strict safety requirements to protect Alateen group members. Each Alateen group is sponsored by two adult Al-Anon members who help the group stay focused on the Alateen program.

Al-Anon Family Groups' District 13 on the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula holds four Alateen meetings every week:

MONDAYS
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 PM
City: Half Moon Bay
Location: Community United Methodist Church--Upstairs, San Pedro Ridge Room, 777 Miramontes Street

TUESDAYS
Time: 6:30 -- 7:30 PM
City: Redwood City
Location: Redwood Shores Library, Room A, 399 Marine Parkway

WEDNESDAYS
Time: 7 - 8:15 PM
City: Menlo Park 
Location: Trinity Parish Church, Tierney Room, 330 Ravenswood Avenue

THURSDAYS
Time: 7 - 8 PM
City: Redwood City
Location: Fair Oaks Center, Room A, 2600 Middlefield Road


MORE ABOUT ALATEEN & AL-ANON

In these YouTube videos, Alateen/Al-Anon members and professionals explain how the Al-Anon/Alateen program of recovery can change lives for the better:

"Together we can make it" - How Alateen Helps
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMiY71db3Oo

"Let it begin with me" - How Al-Anon Helps
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BJaKP5S2Wc

"Professional to professional" - Professionals Discuss How Al-Anon/Alateen Can Help
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1KvPWYi6Ws

To find Al-Anon and Alateen meetings in San Mateo County, visit www.alanonmidpeninsula.org.
To find Al-Anon and Alateen meetings in Santa Clara County, visit http://www.scv-afg.org/.

Learn more about Al-Anon and Alateen at www.ncwsa.org and www.al-anon.alateen.org/.
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