Alcohol Addiction Support Groups
People who are in treatment for alcoholism often need
additional support as they work to break free from their addiction. So do their
family members and close friends who are trying to help them. Support groups
and alcohol-dependency recovery organizations can be an essential part of this
journey. They help prevent relapses and deal with the challenges they may face
in trying to get sober. Groups dedicated to these goals include the following.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a support group that helps
people recover from alcohol dependency through group sessions, one-on-one
therapy, and support classes. AA connects individuals within the group so they
have a partner for accountability and encouragement. Members of the group
follow the 12 steps of AA, which are specific plans for how people can accept
their addiction and then choose to lead a life of sobriety. Find a chapter of
AA near you by asking your local hospital’s healthcare outreach office for
information, visiting www.aa.org, or
Al-Anon Family Groups
Al-Anon is a support network
for people who are affected by another person’s alcoholism or alcohol abuse.
People who live with the effects and consequences of a person’s addiction can
use this group as a way to connect with other individuals facing similar
challenges. Through this interaction, friends and relatives can gain a greater
understanding of how they can cope and help their loved ones face the struggles
of breaking an addiction. Al-Anon also helps people accept and address the
emotional and mental effects a loved one’s alcoholism can have. A local chapter
of AA can help you connect with an Al-Anon group. You can also ask your local
hospital’s healthcare outreach office for more information, visit
or call 888-4AL-ANON (888-425-2666).
This is a support group for children of people with alcohol
dependence or an alcohol abuse problem. Alateen is more about sharing personal
experiences and stories rather than receiving lessons or instructions. This
process is meant to allow these young people to connect with one another, find
support, and help them get more comfortable when reaching out for help. Visit www.al-anon.alateen.org/for-teens
for more information and to find a chapter near you. You can also call 888-4AL-ANON
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
offers services that can help friends and family prepare an intervention and
find appropriate treatment facilities. NCADD can also help direct people
suffering from alcohol addiction toward healthcare professionals and other
individuals who are coping with many of the same problems. NCADD can connect
family members and loved ones with other individuals in similar positions so
they can rely on one another, ask questions, and help families learn to cope. To
find local NCADD affiliates, call 800-622-2255 or visit www.ncadd.org.
National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA)
provides training and education for clergy, teachers, doctors, and social
workers so they are better prepared to address the concerns of children of
alcohol-dependent parents. Though NACoA doesn’t provide direct assistance in
the form of support groups or therapy, they can help connect children to
relevant local organizations. To learn more, visit www.nacoa.org or call 888-55-4COAS.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
The NIAAA offers free pamphlets and publications that can offer
a wealth of knowledge to addicts, family members, and healthcare professionals.
www.niaaa.nih.gov or call 301-443-3860.