Addiction Resources for Families

The effects of substance misuse disorder are felt by the whole family—physically, psychologically, socially, and financially. It’s often very useful to gain insight from the challenges and successes of others families facing similar circumstances. Each individual struggling with substance misuse disorder has a different situation; thus, each family’s situation is unique. This makes it impossible to assign a universal causal relationship between substance abuse and family functioning. Below, please find a variety of resources and support groups—both-12 Step and non 12-Step—for families affected by substance misuse.

  • AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS (https://al-anon.org): Al-Anon provides a worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics, whether or not the alcoholic recognizes the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help, using the 12-Step principles.
  • GAM-ANON (https://www.gam-anon.org): Gam-Anon is a 12 Step self-help fellowship of men and women who have been affected by the gambling problem of another.
  • ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS (http://www.adultchildren.org): ACA is an organization that is intended to provide a forum to individuals who desire to recover from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family.
  • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS FAMILY GROUPS (http://www.nar-anon.org): Nar-Anon Family Groups is a twelve-step program for friends and family members of those who are affected by someone else's addiction.
  • CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS (http://coda.org): CoDA is a twelve-step program for people who share a common desire to develop functional and healthy relationships.
  • DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE (http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=help_family_center): DBSA provides extensive family-focused resources and information to the family members of someone living with bipolar disorder or depression.
  • NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs/Nami-Family-Support-Group): NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness.
  • SHATTERPROOF (https://www.shatterproof.org): Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation that addiction causes families. It is a community of families who have been affected by addiction, focused on evidence-based solutions and advocating for policy change both on the state and federal level.
  • SELF MANAGEMENT AND RECOVERY TRAINING (http://www.smartrecovery.org/resources/family.htm): SMART Recovery is a support group for people with addictions and their families that is not based on the AA/12-step model. 
  • SECULAR ORGANIZATIONS OF SOBRIETY (www.sossobriety.org): SOS is a non-religious/non-spiritually based support group for people with addictions. 
  • COMMUNITY REINFORCEMENT AND FAMILY TRAINING (https://motivationandchange.com/outpatient-treatment/for-families/craft-overview/): CRAFT teaches family and friends effective strategies for helping their loved one to change and for feeling better themselves. CRAFT works to affect the loved one’s behavior by changing the way the family interacts with him or her.
  • THE PARTNERSHIP FOR DRUG-FREE KIDS (drugfree.org): This is a nonprofit that provides information and resources on teen drug use and addiction for parents, to help them prevent and intervene in their children’s drug use or find treatment for a child who needs it. They offer a toll-free helpline for parents (1-855-378-4373).
  • FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER (http://www.familyresourcectr.org): FRC is a directory of resources that are backed by various degrees of scientific support to those that come from the most notable, national sources. This is a place to start getting informed about things like: signs of addiction; how to prevent drug or alcohol use; drug intervention resources, finding addiction treatment or addiction recovery and support.
  • INFORMATION REGARDING FAMILY-BASED APPROACHES FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-adolescent-substance-use-disorder-treatment-research-based-guide/evidence-based-approaches-to-treating-adolescent-substance-use-disorders/family-based-approaches
  • Get your loved one sober: Alternatives to nagging, pleading, and threatening: This book is a great resource for family members who have a loved with a drug or alcohol problem and where the person isn’t willing to seek treatment.
  • Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness can Help People Change: This book offers a warm, optimistic, and encouraging approach to helping family members change. It’s a great resource for families who are looking to help their loved one and want concrete things that they can do that will help.
  • Recovery Support Specialists: Recovery Support Specialists provide care for individuals recovering from substance misuse disorder and other addictions. People hire Recovery Support Specialists for a variety of reasons—some wish to explore whether or not recovery is right for them, while others already identify themselves as active participants in recovery, and therefore want to enhance their progress. A Recovery Support Specialist can be helpful in facilitating communication among the recovering individual and their family by providing an objective perspective, advocation, and 24/7 support. Recovery Fusion's Recovery Support Specialists take this one step further by working in tandem with licensed professionals to form a recovery support network within the community of the recovering individual. Overall, Recovery Support Specialists can provide addiction treatment that is individual-oriented, family-oriented, and community-oriented, all at the same time.
Sharon Wegsheider-Cruse, an expert in the addiction and codependency fields, has identified the above six roles that family members tend to embody when living with an alcoholic or addict.Do any of these roles sound familiar?

Sharon Wegsheider-Cruse, an expert in the addiction and codependency fields, has identified the above six roles that family members tend to embody when living with an alcoholic or addict.Do any of these roles sound familiar?