Resources for Family Members

When a loved one is struggling with addiction, there are a wide variety of educational resources and support services available to help family members.

By connecting with the supportive resources below, your family can develop healthy coping skills, connect with other families in similar situations, learn how to set healthy boundaries, embrace new communication skills, and begin to rebuild trusting relationships with your loved ones.

List of Family Resources

  • Nar-Anon Family Groups: Based on the 12-Step philosophy of recovery found in Narcotics Anonymous, Nar-Anon is a support program for family members, partners, and loved ones who have been affected by drug addiction. This worldwide fellowship offers help by sharing experiences, strength, and hope. Their website offers lists of meetings, access to Al-Anon literature, and support services for newcomers and current members.
  • Al-Anon Family Groups: Based on the 12-Step philosophy of recovery that originated with Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon is a support program for family members, partners, and loved ones who have been affected by alcohol addiction. Their website offers lists of meetings, access to Al-Anon literature, and support services for newcomers and current members.
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA):A branch of the National Institutes for Health, this government agency conducts research and provides information about the effects of alcohol on human health, as well as resources for support and treatment for alcohol addiction.
  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: An organization that provides information and resources on teen drug use and addiction for parents, to help them prevent and intervene in their children’s drug use or find treatment for a child who needs it. They offer a toll-free helpline for parents (1-855-378-4373).
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK): This organization offers more than just suicide prevention. It can also help with a host of issues, including drug and alcohol abuse, and can connect individuals with a nearby professional.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America: Both groups are alliances of nonprofit, self-help support organizations for patients and families dealing with a variety of mental health issues, including addiction. Additionally, both have a list of state and local affiliates throughout the country.
  • Faces & Voices of Recovery: Founded in 2001, this advocacy organization is dedicated to mobilizing over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol – along with their families, friends, and allies in the recovery community – to promote access to recovery resources through advocacy, education, and demonstrating the power of long-term recovery.
  • NIDA’s DrugPubs Research Dissemination Center: Operated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), this website provides booklets, pamphlets, fact sheets, and other informational resources on drugs, drug abuse, and treatment.