Living with a loved one who struggles with addiction is very difficult and can evoke a number of complicated emotions. You may be angry at things they have done. You may be scared of where their addiction may take them and how far. You may be worried about yourself and the effect on your family. Or you could feel confused, depressed or frustrated at the disease and the process of getting better.
It’s critical to remember that you are not alone. Addiction can happen to anyone, but recovery is also possible for anyone. Twenty-two million people in the United States are living with an addiction issue. They come from all backgrounds, socio-economic groups and walks of life. It is very important for your loved one to find help, but it’s also very important that you and your family find help, too.
Individual or family counseling is one option for support and a way to process and work through underlying issues. Self-help groups are also available for family members. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are national groups that parallel Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). The following resources will provide you with more information.
Al-Anon is a place for family members and friends to find support when they have someone in their life who has a problem with alcohol. Members do not give explicit direction or advice, but rather, share their personal experiences and stories and others take what they choose from what others are sharing.
Nar-Anon is a 12-step program for family and friends of someone struggling with addiction. When someone is struggling with addiction, it affects everyone around them. Nar-Anon offers support and a way for family and friends to work on the healing process with others who have been through the same experience.
South Jersey also has several local support groups for families:
City of Angels
392 Church St.
Groveville, NJ 08620
Parent to Parent
1010B Tuckerton Rd.
Marlton, NJ 08053
State & National Resources
Faces & Voices of Recovery
(202) 737- 0690
Partnership for Drug Free Kids
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Drug Enforcement Administration
Self-help groups, also known as mutual aid or support groups, are groups of people who provide mutual support for each. They can make formal treatment more effective and can also become an ongoing source of support for when formal treatment ends, helping individuals maintain their recovery.
The most commonly known self-help groups are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). However, there are many self-help groups available. Local meeting information for AA and NA can be found on their websites:
AA Meeting Locator
NA meeting locator:
A few other support groups also worth considering:
SMART Recovery: SMART recovery is a four-point program that helps people recover from addictive behaviors by teaching how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions and actions.
Dual Recovery Anonymous: Dual Recovery Anonymous works with those who have a chemical addiction and who also are affected by an emotional or psychiatric illness. Their program addresses all areas of life —physical, psychological, social and spiritual—because both issues affect all areas of life.
Addictions Victorious: Addictions Victorious is a Christ-centered organization in which people help people through God’s power.
Celebrate Recovery: Celebrate is a biblical and balanced-based program that helps people overcome “hurts, hang-ups and habits.”
Adult Children of Alcoholics: A Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program for men and women who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. The program explores how alcoholism and other family dysfunction affected us in the past and how it influences us in the future.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI is a national organization whose goal is to better the lives of those affected by a mental illness. It offers support for both individuals and their family members.
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A Compassionate Team of Addiction Specialists
The drug and alcohol specialists at Inspira are kind, considerate and professional practitioners who specialize in addressing the complexities of addiction. Our mission is to provide world-class quality care and support to patients and their loved ones as they navigate the road to treatment, and ultimately, recovery. Our team of addiction specialists is here to see you through to the finish, no matter where you’re starting from.
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An addiction to drugs or alcohol is almost always accompanied by an underlying emotional or mental issue. At Inspira, we believe in treating the whole person. Our specialists are expertly equipped to treat patients across the entire behavioral health spectrum, wherever they are in their journey to recovery. Whether you suffer from an underlying condition such as depression, or you struggle with grief and loss, Inspira’s team of addiction specialists takes an integrated, holistic approach to care. Let Inspira be your sole source for all your mental health and substance use needs.
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By offering all levels of service within one system, Inspira provides patients with a full range of medical services, and can even rehabilitate severely addicted patients thanks to our hospital-level detox capabilities. Patients with acute withdrawal problems are at higher risk for possible complications, often requiring around-the-clock care.