Resources for families facing alcohol and other drug addiction

Addiction is called "a family disease" for good reason.

It may seem counterintuitive or even selfish, but finding a way forward for your family starts with getting help for yourself—regardless of whether your loved one seeks addiction treatment.

You've already taken the most important step. You're looking for answers. And you've come to the right place.

For more than 65 years, our nonprofit organization has devoted each new day to helping individuals and families reclaim their lives from the pain and chaos of addiction. We know from experience that life gets better.

Millions of families have been where you are—and they've found a way forward, one day at a time.

Addiction is a disease.

Addiction has been recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association since 1956. The American Society of Addiction Medicine describes addiction as "a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry." Like other chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and hypertension, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission.

Addiction doesn't discriminate.

It is an equal opportunity disease. It reaches across age, race, gender, and socioeconomic status, striking more than 20 million Americans—1 in every 10 Americans over the age of 12.*

There is hope.

Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully. Most people who go to treatment programs not only stop using drugs but also improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning.**

*2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

** Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Support to the parents of young people in addiction treatment

Parents and caregivers learn about alcohol and drug addiction and its effects on the entire family. Through lectures, videos, small group discussions and support from other parents in similar situations, parents gain the knowledge and skills to support their son or daughter in the process of recovery from addiction.
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