We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – watching a loved one struggle with addiction is one of the hardest things you can experience.
There are overwhelming feelings of despair, hopelessness, powerlessness, and guilt. It doesn’t matter if your loved one is family, a significant other, a friend, or a coworker – the feelings are the same.
We think there’s a better way! Not only is recovery possible for your loved one, recovery is possible for you too.
It’s critical and crucial to take care of yourself during this time. Easier said than done, right? Well, that’s what this list of resources for the family and friends of addicts does. It allows you to engage in meaningful self-care.
If you have any questions – about how addiction impacts the family, family treatment, or anything else – don’t hesitate to reach out and call us. We want to see both you and your loved one flourish!
- The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) Family & Friends page
- Learn to Cope is “a peer-led support network for families dealing with addiction and recovery”
- Al-Anon is a 12-step based support group for people struggling with a loved one’s drinking
- Nar-Anon is a 12-step based support group for people struggling with a loved one’s drug use
- Alateen is a 12-step based support group for young people struggling with a loved one’s drinking
- The Children of Alcoholics Foundation provides information and tips for families affected by substance abuse
- The National Association for Children of Alcoholics provides national and local resources for all members of the family affected by a loved one’s drinking or drugging
- The Secular Organizations for Sobriety’s family and friends page
- Families Anonymous – a 12-step fellowship for the family and friends of addicts (similar to both Al-Anon and Nar-Anon)
- The Recovery.org friends & family of alcohol abusers forum
- The Recovery.org friends & family of drug abusers forum
- An online message board for friends and families affected by addiction from Supportgroups.com
If there’s a family or friends support group or resource you think would make a good addition to your list, let us know!