who are in treatment for alcoholism often need additional support to help them overcome
their addiction. So do the family members and close friends who are trying to
groups and alcohol dependency recovery organizations can be an essential part
of the journey. These groups can help people in recovery avoid relapses, deal
with the challenges of getting sober, and provide support to family members and
more about some of the groups dedicated to helping people accomplish these goals.
Anonymous (AA) is a support group that helps people recover from alcohol
dependency. It offers group sessions, and what is often termed as a “sober
people who attend AA will actively seek out another group member, or sponsor, who
has generally been sober for an extended period of time. A sponsor can help provide
additional support to someone struggling with alcohol addiction.
can also provide encouragement and promote accountability. They often help with
what is known as “step work” in which a person works through the 12 steps of AA
in order to achieve and maintain sobriety.
a chapter of AA near you by asking your local hospital’s healthcare outreach
office for information. You can also visit the AA website or call 212-870-3400.
Al-Anon family groups
is a support network for people affected by someone else’s alcohol abuse. You
can use this group to connect with other people facing similar challenges.
you can gain a greater understanding of how to help your loved one face their
addiction. Al-Anon can also help you cope with the effects that a loved one’s
alcoholism can have on you.
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
the Al-Anon website, or call 888-425-2666.
is a support group for the children of parents with alcohol abuse problems. This
group provides the opportunity to share personal experiences. Less focus is put
on receiving lessons or instructions.
can help you connect with other young people facing similar challenges. It can
help you find support and get more comfortable reaching out for help.
the Alateen section of the Al-Anon website
for more information. You can also call 888-425-2666.
National Council on
Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
you have an alcohol dependence problem, NCADD can direct you to healthcare
professionals. It can also connect you with other people coping with similar
you have a family member or friend with an alcohol dependence problem, NCADD
offers services that can help you prepare an intervention. And they can help
you find appropriate treatment for your loved one.
can also connect you with other individuals in similar positions. You can ask questions,
share information, and help each other learn to cope.
the NCADD website to find local affiliates, or call
for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA)
provides training and education for clergy, teachers, doctors, and social
workers. The association offers instruction on how to support children with
alcohol-dependent parents. NACoA doesn’t provide direct assistance to children
in the form of support groups or therapy. However, it can help them connect to
organizations that do.
learn more, visit the NACoA website or call 888-554-2627.
National Institute on
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
NIAAA offers free pamphlets and publications to help addicts, family members,
and healthcare professionals learn how to address alcohol abuse and alcoholism.
the NIAAA website or call 301-443-3860.
Reach out for support
too much alcohol can cause many problems. It can impair your judgment and your
ability to make decisions. It can raise your risk of accidental injury,
relationship problems, and issues at school or work. It can also raise your
risk of many health conditions, such as:
- liver disease
- high blood pressure
- heart attack
you or someone you love has an alcohol abuse problem, it’s important to get
help. There are many organizations that offer information and support.
your doctor or your local hospital’s healthcare outreach office for more
information. You can also connect with many organizations online or by phone.