Geneviève – Together we can make it – 301

Geneviève started recovery at the age of 14 as a member of Alateen. There, she found a family she had never had. She didn't think she needed Alateen, but there was something there that called to her. Maybe at first it was just the community – the people who welcomed her and hugged her (although that was weird at first, too). After a couple years, she dived in whole heartedly.

But, when she turned 20, she was no longer a teen. And the Al-Anon members were all old. Comparing herself to them, she found so many differences. As she started to have friends who were getting pulled into addiction, she needed Al-Anon more and more. It was a “parents meeting” that helped her the most at this time. She started to identify with others and felt included.

Of course, as a young adult who found so much in Alateen, she is giving back to Alateen as an AMIAS (Al-Anon member in service to Alateen).

In our conversation, we discuss differences between Alateen and Al-Anon, and also how they are similar. She describes the life-changing experience of Alateen weekend conventions. And we are sad about how few Alateen meetings there are.

Readings and Links

Geneviève opened with a reading from the daily reader Hope for Today, page 105 (April 14).


Next week we will have a conversation with an Al-Anon member, where she will share her experience with the 25 year descent of an adult child refusing treatment and development of mental illness. Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

Music from the show

John Mayer: In the Blood

Ed Sheeran: Castle on the Hill


1 comment on “Geneviève – Together we can make it – 301

  1. Tara (Twin Cities) says:

    Hi Spencer – thank you to Geneviève and you for such a wonderful episode!!!
    My experience with the Amazon link is the link does not show if we have privacy protections setup on that browser (e.g. firefox, chrome, etc). For example, at home, I have to access your site through internet explorer or use my phone.

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