Help for Parents & Family Members
Family Support Groups: Conquer Addiction strongly recommends that parents whose children are battling drug or alcohol addiction attend one or more parent support groups. While Al-Anon is the best known, our Parent Support Groups page includes a state-by-state listing of over 200 other highly-regarded groups that may be more appropriate for parents actively trying to help their children achieve sobriety. In addition, GRASP provides grief recovery meetings for those who’ve had a loved one die as a result of substance abuse or addiction.
Helpline: The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers a free toll-free helpline for parents who want to talk to someone about their child’s drug use or drinking. Call 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.
Taking Care of Yourself: Cathy Taughinbaugh’s “7 Ways to Find Parental Recovery When Your Child is Addicted” is a good resource for parents about how to take care of yourself while you’re helping your child.
Practical advice from other parents who've been there: Worried Your Son or Daughter Might Have a Problem with Drugs or Alcohol?
Thoughtful videos and advice from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids:
Partnership for Drug-Free Kid’s Drug Guide for Parents: Infographic shows the top 13 drugs most commonly abused by teens, including their street names, photos, drug effects and signs of abuse.
Helping Your Loved One into Treatment
The first challenge is, of course, for the abuser of alcohol or drugs to recognize they have a problem. According to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, “Breaking through denial is an alcoholic’s first step in recovery”.
Some thoughtful resources about how to find the right treatment for your loved one:
- HelpGuide’s Choosing a Drug Treatment Program
- Recovery Connection’s “Help - How to Choose The Right Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment”.
- Considering sending your teen to a residential treatment program? The Federal Trade Commission recommends you ask these questions first.
Help Maintaining Sobriety
A monitoring program may be very helpful in helping a loved one stay clean and sober. Learn more here.
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