Family Resources

Do you worry about someone who drinks too much? There are hundreds of support groups and meetings in your community you can join for support, encouragement and help.

ACOA

A support group for adult children of alcoholics

Life with one or both parents who struggle with alcoholism or drug abuse can be emotionally traumatic. This trauma often follows children of alcoholics well into their adulthood. The help of a Twelve Step program designed for adult children of alcoholics can help individuals with alcoholic parents overcome emotional problems and embrace a healthier, happier life. Anxiety, depression, feelings of isolation, and fear of abandonment are often experienced by those who've dealt with parental substance abuse. Following a structured program along with the support of an understanding community of peers can break the bonds of childhood trauma and empower adult children of alcoholics to reach their goals and lead more successful lives.

AL-Anon Family Groups

Many who come to Al-Anon/Alateen are in despair, feeling hopeless, unable to believe that things can ever change. We want our lives to be different, but nothing we have done has brought about change. We all come to Al-Anon because we want and need help.
In Al-Anon and Alateen, members share their own experience, strength, and hope with each other. You will meet others who share your feelings and frustrations, if not your exact situation. We come together to learn a better way of life, to find happiness whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, they are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

Family Resource List

The Family Resource List is a collection of our favorite resources that we hope will help you find some support and answers along the way of your loved one’s recovery. These resources can be instrumental in growing insight into the family’s perspective, role, and journey through the disease of addiction. It can also help you understand, identify, and work towards a common goal with your loved one during and after treatment.



Support Groups

Al-Anon Family Groups

Nar-Anon Family Groups

Caron Parent & Family Support Groups

Mental Health - NAMI Family Support Groups

Co-Dependents Anonymous

Families Anonymous

Learn 2 Cope (MA & FL)

SMART Recovery Family & Friends Online

Celebrate Recovery (Christian – based)

Because I Love You


Illinois Only Group Meetings

Hearts of Hope


NY Only Group Meetings - Rockland and Westchester Counties

Parents Helping Parents


Recommended Books / Materials

Al-Anon Approved Literature

Staying Sober by Terence Gorski

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Nar-Anon SESH by Nar-Anon Family Groups

One Day at a Time in Al-Anon by Al-Anon Family Groups

Many Voices, One Journey by Al-Anon Family Groups

Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships by Al-Anon Family Groups

Addict in the House: A No-Nonsense Family Guide Through Addiction and Recovery by Robin Barnett, Ed.D, LCSW

Addict in the Family: Stories of Love, Hope, and Recovery by Beverly Conyers

Everything Changes: Hope for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts by Beverly Conyers

Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie

The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie

SMART Recovery Family & Friends Handbook

On the Other Side of Chaos: Understanding the Addiction of a Loved One by Ellen Van Vechten

So You’re in Love with an Addict by Heather O’Hara

The Enabler: When Helping Hurts the Ones You Love by Angelyn Miller

When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart: Coping with Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and the Problems That Tear Families Apart by Joel L. Young, MD

When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: A Handbook for Families, Friends and Caregivers by Rebecca Woolis, MFT


Faith-Based Books / Materials

Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Overcoming Emotional Obstacles through Faith: Navigating the Mind Field by Anthony Acampora, Director of Banyan’s Faith in Recovery Program

Christian Families in Recovery: A Guide for Addiction, Recovery, and Intervention Using God’s Tools of Redemption by Robert and Stephanie Tucker

Lost and Found: Recovery in Christ by Bruce Stanley


Addiction Memoirs

Dreamseller: An Addiction Memoir by Brandon Novak

The Brandon Novak Chronicles by Joe Frantz and Brandon Novak

Aiming High: How a Prominent Sports and Celebrity Agent Hit Bottom at the Top by Darren Prince, Kristen McGuiness, and Earvin “Magic” Johnson


Mental Health Focus DVDs

No Kidding, Me 2! with Joe Pantoliano

This Emotional Life


Other Resources

Faces & Voices of Recovery

Vivitrol/Let’s Change the Conversation

Delaware – Attack Addiction

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