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.
A support group for adult children of alcoholics
Years of parental alcohol abuse inside a family takes a toll on everyone in the home, regardless of age. Childhood abuse, neglect, and trauma caused by alcoholic parents follow a child throughout his or her adult years. The Adult Children of Alcoholics support group relies on a Twelve Step program to help these individuals learn how to cope with life's stresses and situations in a healthy way while coming to terms with a dysfunctional family history. Much of the time, kids who are raised by adults who depended on alcohol or other substances grow up to struggle with emotional problems requiring therapeutic guidance and understanding from their peers. ACOA empowers these adult children of alcoholic parents to grow, forgive, and heal themselves for a more balanced and happier life.
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.
Illinois Only Group Meetings
NY Only Group Meetings - Rockland and Westchester Counties
Recommended Books / Materials
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
The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie
On the Other Side of Chaos: Understanding the Addiction of a Loved One by Ellen Van
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 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
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