Suggested Resources

  • What Is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families
    Created for family members of people with alcohol abuse or drug abuse problems. Answers questions about substance abuse, its symptoms, different types of treatment, and recovery. Addresses concerns of children of parents with substance use/abuse problems.
  • Alcohol and Drug Addiction Happens in the Best of Families
    Describes how alcohol and drug addiction affect the whole family. Explains how substance abuse treatment works, how family interventions can be a first step to recovery, and how to help children in families affected by alcohol abuse and drug abuse.
  • It’s Not Your Fault (NACoA) (PDF | 12 KB)
    Assures teens with parents who abuse alcohol or drugs that, “It’s not your fault!” and that they are not alone. Encourages teens to seek emotional support from other adults, school counselors, and youth support groups such as Alateen, and provides a resource list.
  • It Feels So Bad: It Doesn’t Have To
    Provides information about alcohol and drug addiction to children whose parents or friends’ parents might have substance abuse problems. Advises kids to take care of themselves by communicating about the problem and joining support groups such as Alateen.
  • After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department
    Aids family members in coping with the aftermath of a relative’s suicide attempt. Describes the emergency department treatment process, lists questions to ask about follow-up treatment, and describes how to reduce risk and ensure safety at home.
  • Family Therapy Can Help: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction
    Explores the role of family therapy in recovery from mental illness or substance abuse. Explains how family therapy sessions are run and who conducts them, describes a typical session, and provides information on its effectiveness in recover

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism—For information on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems from the lead U.S. research agency on alcohol and health: 301-443-3860.

Sample resources for the public:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—For information about substance abuse prevention and treatment services:

National Institute on Drug Abuse—For information about other drug problems that often co-exist with alcohol problems: 301-443-1124.

National Institute of Mental Health—For information on problems such as anxiety and depression that can co-exist with alcohol problems: 866-615-6464.

Professional help

Your regular doctor

Primary care and mental health practitioners can provide effective treatment for alcohol use disorder by combining new medications with a series of brief counseling visits. See Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much.

Specialists in alcohol-related treatment

For specialists in alcohol-related treatment, contact your doctor, health insurance company, local health department, or employee assistance program, or the Treatment Facility Locator (1-800-662-4357). In addition, these professional organizations can help you find medical or non-medical specialists for alcohol use disorder in your area:

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

American Psychological Association
(ask for your state’s referral number to find psychologists with specialties in treating substance use disorders)

American Society of Addiction Medicine
301-656-3920 (ask for the phone number of your state’s chapter for referrals)

National Association of Social Workers (search for social workers with specialties in treating substance use disorders)

Mutual-support groups

You may need to try out several groups before finding one that’s comfortable for you.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
212-870-3400 (or check your local phone directory or online for a chapter near you)

Moderation Management

Secular Organizations for Sobriety

SMART Recovery

Women for Sobriety

Groups for family and friends

Al-Anon Family Groups
888-425-2666 for meetings

Adult Children of Alcoholics