Families Anonymous is a group of concerned relatives and friends whose lives have been adversely affected by a loved one's addiction to alcohol or drugs. They provide answers inquiries pertaining to Families Anonymous groups/meetings, literature orders, events and other information. They do not provide crisis counseling.
Girls and Boys Town National Hotline offers help, hope, and healing to abused, abandoned, neglected, handicapped, or otherwise troubled children. Callers talk to highly-trained, professional counselors who listen and give "right now" answers. They're sympathetic people who have expertise dealing with these and other problems.
Nar-Anon Family Groups is designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend. Nar-Anon's program of recovery is adapted from Narcotics Anonymous and uses Nar-Anon's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help support and advocacy organization of families and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders.
National Center for Victims of Crime collaborates with local, state, and federal partners to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. Delivers training and technical assistance to victim service organization, counselors, attorneys, criminal justice agencies, and allied professionals. Provides legal assistance/referrals, victim assistance, publications, and legislative database searching.
National Domestic Violence Hotline links individuals to help in their area using a nationwide database that includes detailed information on domestic violence shelters, other emergency shelters, legal advocacy and assistance programs, and social service programs.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national, 24-hour, and toll-free suicide prevention service available to all those seeking help in suicidal crisis. Individuals seeking help can dial 1-800-TALK (8255). They will be routed to the closest possible provider of mental health and suicide prevention services.
Secular Organizations for Sobriety (Save Our Selves/SOS) is an alternative recovery method for those alcoholics or drug addicts who are uncomfortable with the spiritual content of widely available 12-Step programs. Will return calls when name, phone number, and address are given.
Self-Help and Information Exchange Network (SHINE) is a clearinghouse for 140 different kinds of support groups including AOD addiction. Will make local referrals as well as attempt to network individuals with similar needs, interests, and locations.
Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery®) supports individuals who have chosen to abstain, or are considering abstinence from any type of addictive behaviors (substances or activities), by teaching how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, and actions; and to work toward long-term satisfactions and quality of life.
Women for Sobriety is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions.
AddictionAction.org is a grassroots partnership working to promote HBO's groundbreaking ADDICTION project, and help communities mobilize to build on this powerful opportunity to expand public understanding of addiction, treatment, and long-term recovery. Watch it now for free.
Limiting alcohol advertising and promotional activities that target young people will protect America's youth.
Increasing alcohol prices through taxes, particularly on beer, is an effective strategy for reducing underage drinking.
Repeal policies that prevent ex-offenders from returning to full participation in society.
Support Community Coalitions
Helping communities sustain their community-wide strategies can help reduce alcohol and drug problems at the local level.
Support the development and use of effective medications for addiction treatment and recovery.
Treatment, Not Incarceration
Require treatment and supervised aftercare instead of incarceration for non-violent alcohol and drug offenders.
What Can I Do?
Each of us has an important part to play in our community's efforts to reduce alcohol and drug problems. Parents, professionals community leaders, youth — there's a place for anyone who wants to make a difference.