Professional Perspectives on Al‑Anon

Four things you can do to help children & teens living in a family affected by alcoholism

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMSHA), one in 10 children live with at least one parent who had a past year alcohol use disorder. Sis Wenger, President/CEO of the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA), shares what it is like for children to grow up in an adverse childhood experience caused by living in a home affected by alcohol addiction or alcohol misuse. She also offers some ideas of how the adults in their lives can help.

Alateen, part of Al‑Anon Family Groups, helps teens that have been affected by the family disease of alcoholism. It is a twelve‑step program in which adolescents meet with peers who have also been affected by someone else’s alcoholism or alcohol use disorder.

If you work with children or know of a child who might benefit from the program, and would like more information about our program, visit:

If you work with children or teens that have benefitted from Alateen and would like to help us increase awareness about Alateen, message us for information about how you can participate in our ongoing public outreach efforts.

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Their comments reflect their professional expertise and use of Al‑Anon as a resource for their clients and patients who are or have been affected by an individual’s addiction to alcohol.