Addiction is a family and friends disease — it doesn’t just effect the one struggling. It affects everyone. When a child, spouse, parent, friend or another loved one is struggling with addiction, it can overwhelm you. Friends and family members of alcoholics and addicts also need support. They often feel confused, frustrated, and helpless. Here are some places to reach out and ask for help.
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)
Adult Children of Alcoholics is an anonymous Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home.
Al-Anon Family Groups
Al-Anon is a mutual support group of peers who share their experience in applying the Al-Anon principles to problems related to the effects of a problem drinker in their lives. It is not group therapy and is not led by a counselor or therapist; This support network complements and supports professional treatment.
Because I Love You (BILY)
A nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting parents with troubled children of any age.
Children of Alcoholics Foundation (COAF)
COAF ensures that individuals, families, and professionals receive information and services that embrace the philosophy that addiction is a family issue, and in so doing, tap individual and family strengths to support the healing process.
Co-Anon Family Groups
A Twelve Step fellowship of men and women who are husbands, wives, parents, relatives, or close friends of someone who is addicted to cocaine.
Families Facing Addiction
An online social site that connects and and unites families in hope and healing.
Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP)
GRASP was founded to help provide sources of help, compassion, and most of all, understanding, for families or individuals who have lost a loved one as a result of substance abuse or addiction.
Nar-Anon Family Groups
Nar-Anon is a Twelve Step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.
National Association of Children of Alcoholics (NACoA)
NACoA believes that no vulnerable children should grow up in isolation and without support. NACoA is the national nonprofit membership and affiliate organization working on behalf of children of alcohol and drug dependent parents.