Alcoholic Fathers and Alcoholism’s Affects on Teens
If Your father is an Alcoholic Addict Then You Can Get Help
If your father is an alcoholic or an addict, then life is too hard to manage it alone. Even if your father won’t admit that he’s an alcoholic, it doesn’t mean that his abuse of alcohol isn’t affecting your ability to cope with the everyday stresses of life. Alcoholics have an illness that affects their ability to take responsibility for their lives and makes it difficult for them to have healthy relationships with their spouses and children. Responsibilities will shift to other family members and it’s easy to get resentful, depressed, and fearful by the alcoholic situation.
There is Hope
First of all, you are not alone. There are many other teenagers who don’t know what to do about the alcoholism in their homes. Alateen was created by teenagers for teenagers with the purpose of lessening the burden by sharing it with others. By attending meetings and using the principles of the program, Alateens can find contentment and even happiness whether the drinker gets help or not. The meetings reinforce that the problem is not caused by anything that you have done or will do. By understanding your involvement with the disease of alcoholism you can make better choices about how you want to live your life.
What Does It Cost?
Alateen is free to anyone who wants to attend. The group asks for a contribution to help pay the group expenses (rent, literature), but you give what you can as you can.
Where Do I Start?
Check out our meeting list of Alateen meetings in the Rhode Island area. Or send an email to the address below, or call our office for information. The meetings have free literature and someone will be there to answer your questions—or just listen to you. Every meeting has an adult who has undergone a background check and training to be involved with Alateen.
What if I Can’t Find a Convenient Alateen Meeting?
You are always welcome to attend any Al-Anon meeting in Rhode Island. Teens are welcome at our meetings. The same principles of recovery are used in both Al-Anon and Alateen.
Having an alcoholic father doesn’t have to be the only thing in your life. Oftentimes, just one person’s willingness to attend meetings and apply the principles to their life will help everyone involved. Alcoholism and addiction is a terrible thief, don’t let it take anything more from you. Contact us today or go to a meeting and get the help you deserve.