Why I Started Going to Alateen Meetings
Alateen is a group for people who are affected by a loved one’s alcohol addiction. I have been going to these meetings since I was 14. I am now 16. They have changed my life for the better in many ways.
I Was Able to Freely Express My Feelings
My dad is an alcoholic. I have a whirlwind of emotions as the result of this. I feel angry, hurt and alone. Before I started going to Alateen meetings, I felt like I did not have anyone to talk to it. I thought that I would be judged harshly if I talked about what was going on at home.
However, I am able to freely express myself when I go to the Alateen meetings. It is like a weight is lifted off of my shoulders. I feel a lot better after I attend one of these meetings.
I Was Able to Meet People I Can Relate To
No one wants to admit that they have an alcoholic in their family. It is a shame and embarrassment. However, when I started going to Alateen meetings, I realized that I was not alone. Not only was I able to share my story, but I was also able to listen to other people’s story.
We all come from different backgrounds. However, the stories that we share are similar. We are able to relate to each other because we have at least one thing in common.
I Was Able to Develop Coping Mechanisms
Living in a home with an alcoholic father has been one of the biggest challenges of my life. When I leave home, I am able to temporarily escape my problems. However, the problems return as soon as I step in the door. One of the many great things about Alateen meetings is that I have been able to learn how to cope with living with an alcoholic father.
I Learned the Truth About Alcoholism
My dad has been an alcoholic since I was 5. I always thought that his alcoholism was my fault. When I started going to Alateen meetings, I learned the truth about alcoholism. I learned that no one can be blamed for another person’s alcohol problem.
I Have a Better Relationship With my Father
Before I started going to Alateen meetings, I had a terrible relationship with my dad. I hated when he was home and tried to avoid him as much as possible. However, my relationship with my dad changed after I started going to Alateen meetings. I was able to develop sympathy for him, which helped improve our relationship. I understand that alcoholism is a disease. It is not a choice.
My dad has not yet gotten the help that he needed. However, I believe that he will soon. I will continue to support him before, during and after his treatment.
I Feel Better About My Life
I always felt like I would be a failure because of my father. I know that alcoholism runs in families, so people who have an alcoholic family member are more likely to develop alcoholism themselves. However, Alateen meetings that I have the power to change my future.
I do not have to let the actions of my father define my future. I will be successful despite my upbringing. I am now focused on getting a better life for myself. I will have a great future.
I Have Great Friends
The people I attend Alateen meetings with are my friends. We relate to each other, so the friendships are natural. I really did not have any friends before I started going to Alateen meetings. I avoided making friends because of my dad’s alcohol problem. Today, I have people in my life who look out for me.