Resources

Are you in need of resources for either ACOAs, alcoholics, trauma survivors, and more? Below is a list of resources that I have compiled, along with a short description of each so that you can make the best choice for you and your needs. These are not listed in any particular order other than alphabetical.

  • AA: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
    • Religious Affiliation: God/Higher Power
    • Cost: Free
    • Meeting Locations: Online, Over-the-Phone, In-Person
  • ACOA: Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) is a recovery program for adults whose lives were affected as a result of being raised in an alcoholic or other dysfunctional family. It is based on the success of Alcoholics Anonymous and employs its version of the Twelve Step Program and the Twelve Traditions.
    • Religious Affiliation: God/Higher Power
    • Cost: Free
    • Meeting Locations: Online, Over-the-Phone, In-Person
  • Al-Anon: Al-Anon (now including Alateen) was founded back in 1951 to help family and friends recover from the effects of someone else’s drinking. The literature supplements face-to-face meetings where Al‑Anon members share their insights and experiences with each other.
    • Religious Affiliation: Spiritual
    • Cost: Free
    • Meeting Locations: Online, Over-the-Phone, In-Person
  • SMART RecoverySMART (Self Management And Recovery Training) 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 towards long-term satisfactions and quality of life.
  • SOS: Secular Organizations for Sobriety is a nonprofit network of autonomous, non-professional local groups, dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety and/or abstinence from alcohol and drug addiction, food addiction, and other addictions.
    • Religious Affiliation: None
    • Cost: Free
    • Meeting Locations: Online, Over-the-Phone, In-Person

There are also a number of websites and forums that can help you, including the AdultChildren subReddit, PsychCentral ACOA forum, and the Adult Children Anonymous Message Board.

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