Alcoholism: Resources for Family and Friends
Are you affected by a loved one’s drinking? This sheet tells you about resources to help you cope with this problem.
Al-anon and alateen
Al-Anon is a self-help program. It is for adult family and friends of people with alcoholism. Alateen has the same support for teenagers. These are no-cost support groups. The program is based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). To find a meeting, you can contact them online or by phone at:
Adult children of alcoholics (ACA)
This group helps people who grew up in a home with a parent or primary caregiver with alcoholism. It can help you get past harmful thoughts and behaviors that are the result of this. To find a meeting, you can contact them online or by phone at:
There are many resources to help you cope. These include:
Professional care facilities and providers
You can also seek the help of a professional who works with families. You may learn about ways to help a family member who refuses treatment.
To find these and other sources of help, try the websites below.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)
Alanon and Alateen