Self-help for Friends and Family
This organization provides online and mobile peer support to individuals with substance use disorders or in recovery and to their families and friends.
The Addict’s Mom (TAM)
The Addict’s Mom is an online organization that offers support for parents and families of those with drug or alcohol addiction. A members-only, confidential and nonjudgmental group, TAM provides a forum to “share without shame.” The group also provides news articles, education, advocacy and awareness events. TAM is also on Facebook.
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA)
ACOA is a recovery program for adults raised in an alcoholic or other dysfunctional family based on the 12-step program of recovery. Members recover from dysfunctional behavioral patterns from their childhoods and help each other maintain healthy boundaries and relationships.
Visit the website at: www.adultchildren.org/meetings
For a current listing of ACA Meetings, visit: http://www.adultchildren.org/find-a-meeting1
Al-Anon Family Groups
Al-Anon offers self-help groups available for family members, friends, co-workers and employers of individuals who abuse alcohol. Through the use of the 12-step recovery program, members help one another stay healthy while coping with the effects of their loved ones’ behavior.
Visit the website at: www.al-anon.org
Al-Ateen offers peer support for teens of alcoholic parents. Teens are sometimes hesitant to try Al-Ateen meetings, but many find a new group of friends who help each other cope with the chaos at home.
The Al-Ateen website can be found at: www.al-anon.alateen.org
Because I Love You (BILY)
BILY is a support group for parents whose children (of all ages) have behavioral problems, including problems with alcohol and drug use. Groups focus on providing structure, consequences and consistency. BILY Too is the Youth Group for peer support for siblings of teens ages 13 and up.
Visit the website at: www.bily.org
Co-Anon Family Groups
800-898-9985 (toll free)
Co-Anon is a 12-step fellowship of men and women who are spouses, parents, relatives or close friends of an individual who is dependent on cocaine.
Visit the website for more information at: www.co-anon.org
888-444-2359 (toll free); 888-444-2379 (Spanish toll free)
Codependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women with the common purpose of developing healthy, loving relationships.
Families Anonymous (FA)
FA is a 12-step, self-help recovery program for family members, relatives and friends of those who have drug, alcohol or behavioral problems.
Visit the website at: www.familiesanonymous.org
Gam-Anon Family Groups
12-step fellowship for men and women who are spouses, family members or close friends of compulsive gamblers who have been affected by their loved one’s gambling problem.
Visit the website at: http://www.gam-anon.org/
Nar-Anon Family Groups
800-477-6291 (toll free) or 310-534-8188
Self-help groups are available for family members of addicts based on the 12-step program of recovery.
Visit the website at: www.nar-anon.org
Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL)
PAL provides hope and support through addiction education for parents dealing with a loved one addicted to alcohol and/or drugs.
Visit the website at: www.palgroup.org
Partnership for Drug-free Kids
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids provides families with information, support and guidance to get help for their loved ones’ substance use problems. This partnership also advocates for greater understanding and more effective programs to treat the disease of addiction.
SMART Recovery — Help for Family & Friends
866-951-5357 (toll free)
SMART Recovery is an alternative to 12-step programs, offering a cognitive-based approach to recovery. SMART Recovery is available nationwide and popular with those who are uncomfortable with the concept of a Higher Power used in 12-step programs. SMART Recovery also provides resources and local peer support meetings for family and friends.
Visit the website at: http://www.smartrecovery.org/resources/family.htm
Substance Use Disorder Treatment Resources
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids — Alcohol Screening.org
To take an alcohol screening assessment or to find information about treatment programs, visit: http://www.alcoholscreening.org/Get-Help.aspx
Visit the website: www.alcoholscreening.org
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
Also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service, SAMHSA’s National Helpline provides free 24/7, confidential treatment referrals and information in English and Spanish about mental health, substance use disorders, dual diagnosis, prevention, treatment and recovery.
Visit the website: www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
About Sovereign Health
Sovereign Health is a leader in the treatment of adolescent mental health disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders and dual diagnosis. We have residential and intensive outpatient programs that utilize a wide variety of evidence-based treatment methods. Our programs are customized to individual patients’ needs and simultaneously treat all underlying and co-occurring conditions. We also offer intensive family support through weekly therapy sessions and an intensive family program. We accept most major insurance plans and have financing options available. You can learn more about our adolescent programs or any of our specialized services by calling our 24/7 helpline.