Resources for Families of Addicts
Do you worry about someone who drinks too much? Do you have a loved one that is suffering from addiction and can’t seem to get the help they deserve? There are hundreds of family support groups and meetings in your community that you can join for support, encouragement, and help.
Banyan Treatment Centers is a network of drug and alcohol treatment centers that provides nationwide addiction treatment services and mental health services with all levels of care. We connect our patients and their families with the proper resources that will aide in the growth through recovery and long-lasting success. Your community is filled with organizations and groups that guide people through the hard times and connect them to the proper resources. Educating your loved ones about the reality and dangers of addiction is so important and families can come together by finding community groups to help support the individuals who are suffering.
ACOA - Support for Children of Alcoholics
Never before in the history of Twelve Step programs has a fellowship brought together such a diverse group of recovering people that includes adult children of alcoholics, codependents, and addicts of various sorts. The program is Adult Children of Alcoholics. The term “adult child” is used to describe adults who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes and who exhibit identifiable traits that reveal past abuse or neglect. The group includes adults raised in homes with the presence of alcohol or drugs. These ACA members have the trademark presence of abuse, shame, and abandonment found in alcoholic homes.
AL-Anon Family Groups
Many who come to Al-Anon/Alateen are in despair, feeling hopeless, unable to believe that things can ever change. We want our lives to be different, but nothing we have done has brought about change. We all come to Al-Anon because we want and need help. Fortunately, there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel. This support group can guide so many individuals on the right path towards recovery.
In Al-Anon and Alateen, members share their own experiences, strengths, and hope with each other. You will meet others who share your feelings and frustrations, if not your exact situation. We come together to learn a better way of life, to find happiness whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness on a daily basis.
What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979, has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, they are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations, and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
There is a support group available in your community and together we can help our struggling loved ones overcome addiction or mental health illnesses. Finding nationwide addiction treatment services can help your loved one heal. But, families affected by addiction need to find support for their own healing too. Banyan Treatment Centers provides support and guidance for all families.
Family Resource List
The Family Resource List is a collection of our favorite resources that we hope will help you find some support and answers along the way of your loved one’s recovery. These resources can be instrumental in growing insight into the family’s perspective, role, and journey through the disease of addiction. It can also help you understand, identify, and work towards a common goal with your loved one during and after treatment.
Illinois Only Group Meetings
NY Only Group Meetings - Rockland and Westchester Counties
Recommended Books / Materials
Staying Sober by Terence Gorski
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Nar-Anon SESH by Nar-Anon Family Groups
One Day at a Time in Al-Anon by Al-Anon Family Groups
Many Voices, One Journey by Al-Anon Family Groups
Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships by Al-Anon Family Groups
Addict in the House: A No-Nonsense Family Guide Through Addiction and Recovery by Robin Barnett, Ed.D, LCSW
Addict in the Family: Stories of Love, Hope, and Recovery by Beverly Conyers
Everything Changes: Hope for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts by Beverly Conyers
The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie
On the Other Side of Chaos: Understanding the Addiction of a Loved One by Ellen Van
So You’re in Love with an Addict by Heather O’Hara
The Enabler: When Helping Hurts the Ones You Love by Angelyn Miller
When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: A Handbook for Families, Friends and Caregivers by Rebecca Woolis, MFT
Faith-Based Books / Materials
Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
Overcoming Emotional Obstacles through Faith: Navigating the Mind Field by Anthony Acampora, Director of Banyan’s Faith in Recovery Program
Christian Families in Recovery: A Guide for Addiction, Recovery, and Intervention Using God’s Tools of Redemption by Robert and Stephanie Tucker
Lost and Found: Recovery in Christ by Bruce Stanley
Dreamseller: An Addiction Memoir by Brandon Novak
The Brandon Novak Chronicles by Joe Frantz and Brandon Novak
Aiming High: How a Prominent Sports and Celebrity Agent Hit Bottom at the Top by Darren Prince, Kristen McGuiness, and Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Mental Health Focus DVDs
No Kidding, Me 2! with Joe Pantoliano