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Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Help

How to Get Help

How do I get help if I have a problem with alcohol or other substances?

Overcoming an addiction to alcohol/drugs can be a long and bumpy road. At times, it may even feel impossible. But it’s not. If you’re ready to stop drinking/using and willing to get the support you need, you can recover from alcohol/drug use—no matter how bad the addiction or how powerless you feel. You don’t have to wait until you hit rock bottom; you can make a change at any time. The important thing is to understand you do not have to do this alone. For many, the power of shame has kept them in the vicious addictive cycle. Contacting your Employee Assistance Program, call your local Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous support group, check the web for online AA-NA meetings, speak with your healthcare provider, minister, or local treatment center.

Help for the Family

Alcoholism and addiction affects everyone in the family, often times it can be seen through several generations with in a family system. It is a health problem – a physical and emotional disease rather than an issue of little willpower or moral weakness.

What can you do as a loved one or concerned friend?

Contact your Employee Assistance Program and speak with a counselor, contact Alanon or Nar-Anon or Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous

What is Alanon?

The Al-Anon Family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness, and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.

Who Can Join Al-Anon?

Al-Anon membership is open to anyone who is affected by someone else's drinking. The only requirement for membership is that there is a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.

What Does Al-Anon Do?

Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. Al-Anon members do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

What is Nar-Anon?

The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. It is Twelve-Step Program, offering help by sharing experience, strength, and hope. The only requirement for membership is that there is a problem of addiction in a relative or friend.

Nar-Anon members are relatives and friends who are concerned about the addiction or drug problem of another. Nar-Anon's program of recovery is adapted from Narcotics Anonymous and uses Nar-Anon's Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts of Service.

What is a Nar-Anon Family Group?

The Nar-Anon Family Group is for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation due to the addiction problem of someone close to them. Nar-Anon members share the experiences, strength, and hope at meetings. The meetings are usually held at locations such as treatment centers, hospitals, churches, community centers, or local twelve-step clubs.

Nar-Anon's Purpose

Nar-Anon is a twelve-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of coping with an addicted relative or friend. Nar-Anon's program of recovery uses Nar-Anon's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. The only requirement to be a member and attend Nar-Anon meetings is that there is a problem of drugs or addiction in a relative or friend. Nar-Anon is not affiliated with any other organization or outside entity.

For further information regarding these programs which are free of charge and self supporting, please contact your Employee Assistance Program. Alanon Family groups and Nar-Anon also both have websites which can help you locate a meeting. You can also search the phone book for local phone numbers in your area.