There are many resources on this website designed to help people with alcohol problems, as well as families and friends of alcoholics. After all, alcoholism is seen as a “family disease” that can affect all family members, whether they notice it or not.
Do you need help?
Why do it I Do you need help? He is the alcoholic!
Alcoholism affects everyone in the family, whether they realize it or not. Therefore, alcoholism is a disease of the whole family, including the spouse and children.
Even if the alcoholic seeks help, you may need help to overcome the effects on you as a family member.
How can I get him to stop?
When family members of alcohol addicts ask the above question about a drinker, the answer is never easy.
Activate – when “helping” doesn’t really help
Many times when family and friends try to “help” alcoholics, they actually make it easier for them to keep the disease progressing.If youIf you
Quiz: Are You Activating An Alcoholic?
Sometimes the things we think will help actually hurt. This quiz can show you the behaviors that enable the alcoholic in your life.
Quiz: Alcohol Problem Screening
Are you concerned that you will develop a problem with alcohol yourself? Complete this for some answers.
Quiz: Adult Children of Alcoholics
Did you grow up in an alcoholic or otherwise disturbed family? Those who grow up in homes where alcohol abuse or alcoholism prevails are sometimes affected in ways they don’t even notice.If youIf you
How Alcoholism Affects Families
Enable: Games that alcoholic families are playing
You didn’t cause it and you can’t control it. But could you contribute to the problem?
If you are determined to play a role in the alcoholic’s life, you may need to call “time out”.
Rejection – A Symptom Of Alcoholism?
One of the most frustrating factors in dealing with alcoholism as a relative, friend, or professional is that alcoholism is almost always accompanied by a phenomenon known as “denial”.If youIf you
What about the children in alcoholic families?
Growing up ‘alcoholic’
Growing up in a home with an active alcoholic can affect how a child sees life and almost everything in it.
Most of us who grew up in families affected by the illness of alcoholism never really grew up.
What can you do to help
Sometimes when the alcoholic’s problems reach crisis levels, his family’s only option is professional intervention.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use or addiction problems, contact the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Authority (SAMHSA) helpline at 1-800-662-4357 Information about support and treatment facilities in your area.
You can find more mental health resources in our National Helpline Database.
Detachment – Letting go of someone else’s problem
For the alcoholic’s friends and family, the key to serenity is finding the wisdom to tell the difference between what they can and cannot change.
Al-Anon family groups
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a community of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experiences, strengths, and hopes to solve their common problems. Learn more about these groups and how to find one near you.
Discussion topics of the Al-Anon meeting
A discussion of 40 topics of interest to families of alcoholics and newcomers to Al-Anon.