Alcohol Awareness Month: Resources for getting help with alcoholism
It is never too late to seek support for alcoholism or alcohol abuse and turn one’s life around. If you have made the decision to do so or are trying to get help for someone you love, here are a few resources among many others to start the journey to recovery.
1. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
AA is a global, informal association of over 2 million recovering men and women with a drinking problem. Membership is available to anyone who desires to stop drinking. There are no age or education requirements.
Since the book “Alcoholics Anonymous” first appeared in 1939, this basic text has helped millions of men and women recover from alcoholism. The program is based on the 12 steps, which are a cluster of principles grounded in spirituality and aimed at driving out the obsession to drink and maintaining recovery.
There are no dues or fees for AA membership. The organization supports itself through its own contributions. AA is not associated with any sect, organization or institution and holds no political or religious affiliations. The goals of all members are to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.
2. National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
NCADD is the foremost advocacy organization addressing alcoholism and drug dependence. Since 1944, NCADD has aimed to raise public awareness about addiction throughout the U.S. and the global community through the provision of an array of services.
If you are concerned about your own alcohol abuse or that of someone you care about, NIAAA will help you evaluate your situation, provide information and refer you to the most suitable resources in your area.
3. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
NIAAA offers an extensive assortment of research-based information regarding alcohol use to educate both addicts and their caregivers, alongside directing individuals in need to support systems and treatment services in their respective communities.
Al-Anon/Alateen is an organization for family and loved ones of alcoholics. Rather than giving direction or advice to members, its sole purpose is to help members share their personal experiences and stories. It is up to the members what they determine to be relevant for their own lives.
There is no fee for these meetings. Voluntary contributions are welcome to cover rent, provide literature and offer support to service centers.
5. Women For Sobriety (WFS)
Women For Sobriety, Inc. is a nonprofit organization devoted to assisting women in overcoming alcoholism and other addictions since July 1976. WFS is the first nationwide self-help program for female alcoholics.
Their New Life Program helps women achieve sobriety and a sustainable recovery. The 13-statement program is solidly based upon positivity that promotes emotional and spiritual growth, which proves to be tremendously effectual in helping women overcome their addictions and adopt a new constructive lifestyle.
WFS self-help groups are found all across the nation and beyond borders.
6. SMART Recovery
SMART Recovery is a primary self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Its participants learn tools for addiction recovery stemming from the newest scientific research. Additionally, the members are encouraged to participate in a global community that includes free, self-empowering mutual help groups.
SMART Recovery supports in-person meetings globally, and daily online meetings. Furthermore, their online message board and round-the-clock chat room are admirable platforms for learning about SMART Recovery and acquire the needed support.
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