Addiction Resources

Goals

To continue building a list of resources for addiction, with a specific focus on finding sources aimed at supporting family who are helping their loved ones to recover. For each resource identified, provide a link to it and an overview of the types of support and services offered.

Early Findings

Al-Anon

  • Al-anon is a global support network that provides support to family members and friends of addicts, specifically alcoholics. They offer global support group meetings, publications, and public outreach.

Addiction Education Society

  • The Addiction Education Society has publications geared towards those helping an addict. They also offer resources for teens to recognize and talk about addiction with their peers, as well as for educators to recognize and teach about addiction with their students.

Nar-Anon

  • Nar-Anon Family Groups is a global 12-step program for friends and loved ones of addicts, specifically drug addicts. They offer support groups, publications, and events.

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones

  • PAL Groups provides support for parents, spouses and other loved ones of addicts in the form of support groups, publications, and public outreach.

Sober Families

Proposed next steps:

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As we have been able to identify and provide information for 15 resources so far, we would recommend continued research to provide 15 additional resources for addiction, with a specific focus on finding sources aimed at supporting family who are helping their loved ones to recover. For each resource identified, we will provide a link to it and an overview of the types of support and services offered.
Additionally, we recommend a review of scientific and expert literature in order to craft a list of 5-7 best practices for friends/family members when helping their loved one(s) recover from addiction. The best practices could be geared at ways to help the addict, but also best ways to care for oneself when a loved one is experiencing addiction.