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If your loved one is struggling with addiction, 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.
Our Approach to Caring for Families Affected by Addiction
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.
Counseling and Support Organizations
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).
- 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.
- Adult Children of Alcoholics is 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) 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.
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 and National Resources
Faces & Voices of Recovery
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 one another. 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.
Other support groups with local chapters include:
- 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 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 is a Christ-centered organization in which people help people through God’s power.
- Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced-based program that helps people overcome “hurts, hang-ups and habits.”