You Are Not Alone
It could be your spouse. Your child or grandchild. Your parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt or friend.
Nearly 23 million people in America have an alcohol or drug problem. And millions more family and friends, like you, are left to face the hardships—emotional, financial, physical or more—that stem from this devastating chronic disease.
This disease doesn’t discriminate. Alcohol and drug problems can affect anyone. No matter your age or income, ethnicity or religion, family or profession.
We understand the chaos, loneliness and shame that loved ones endure because of addiction. You are often the one struggling most to hold your family together.
Learn more about family recovery. Read this interview with licensed counselor Sherry Bartels.
Moving into the light
For too long, family members have suffered in the shadows of this disease. Parents, spouses and children have lived behind a veil of secrecy because of this damaging and misunderstood illness.
Oftentimes, family members are torn between the devastating effects of the disease and the happy memories of the lost person and their hopes for the future.
You don’t have to be hurt by the legacy of family shame and silence. If you’re feeling stuck by the worry, hopelessness or fear that come with the darkness of this disease, start with some of these stories. We’ve been there, and we’re here to help.
We offer a strong community of support to help you and your loved ones.
Nine steps to take when your recovering teen comes home from treatment
Acceptance: Regaining trust and rebuilding the family unit
My son’s drug addiction: What I learned about myself
Six things my husband and I did to save our marriage
Read more blogs on “Intervene,” a community of parents.
Visit an online support group for parents of children with addiction.
This problem isn’t simply a “choice” by your loved one. Research shows this is a treatable chronic disease.
There are also a number of myths and misconceptions about addiction that have made it more difficult for loved ones to get help.