You can’t ignore it anymore. Your loved one’s addiction not only affects themselves, but it’s creating havoc for your entire family as well.

Don’t sit by and watch it tear your family apart.

Family support can play a vital role in substance or other mental illness addiction treatments. Families have known the patient their whole lives. They’re in the best position to provide continual strength and encouragement throughout the recovery process.

Ready to find out more about support groups for families of addicts? Read on.

Family Support Therapy

Family therapy is based on the theory that the family is a connected system. This is true whether it includes blood relatives, foster or adopted parents.

When one part of the system changes, it also affects the other parts of the system. To preserve the family system as a whole, therapy sessions address all members of the system.

Sometimes a session will include only certain members of the family. Other times, a therapy session will include all members of the family, without the addict.

There are many support group models out there for family members of addicts. Here are five of the most respected ones.

Support Groups for Families of Addicts

1. Al-Anon

The most well-known support group for families of addicts is Alcoholics Anonymous (Al-Anon.) Al-Anon was established in 1951 as a mutual support group for those affected by a loved one’s alcohol abuse.

“Anonymous” (no real names exchanged) members attend meetings to share common experiences. This is regardless of whether the alcoholic admits he/she has a drinking problem.

2. Ala-Teen

Ala-Teen brings teenagers together who are experiencing another family member’s addictions. Teens meet other teens to share their experiences and find ways to cope with similar family problems.

Ala-teen provides a safe forum for teens to encourage one another to help their loved ones work through their problems.

3. Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL)

Parents of Addicted Loved-ones (PAL) is another support group for parents of addicts addicted to drugs or alcohol. PAL was founded in 2006 to help parents work through their child’s substance or behavioral addictions.

PAL group meetings organize into both educational and sharing components. Parents and family members receive information on addiction and share experiences in a group setting.

4. Families Anonymous

Families Anonymous is a support group for families of addicts that brings separate families together. They can share their similar experiences with fighting addiction.

Created in 1971, Families Anonymous creates a safe environment for families to work together. That way, they can overcome the similar challenges they both encounter every day.

5. Gam-Anon

Not all addictions are substance-related.

Gambler’s Anonymous, created in 1957, addresses pathological gambling and its negative consequences. This support group helps families with members who can’t control their impulses to gamble money.

Next Steps

So, what can you do to keep the peace while you and your family battle this addiction? While you’re contacting one of these support groups for families of addicts, you also need to make peace within your “inner core.”

Your best weapon to save your family is to learn all you can about this disease. Study up on the signs and symptoms of addictions. That way, you’ll be prepared to tackle the problem in the best way possible.

Read more here on how to stage an effective family intervention that will save the most important person–and people–in your life.