I was the star soc­cer play­er on my var­si­ty team, I had the world at my fin­ger­tips.  Col­lege coach­es were beg­ging me to come and play for them.  I was going to be a super­star.  The it hap­pened.  I was at a par­ty.  I had too much to drink and decid­ed to dri­ve home.  About 2 miles from my house I had an acci­dent.  The oth­er car came out of nowhere,

When the cops arrived, they fig­ured out that I was drunk.  I got arrest­ed and tak­en to jail and they called my par­ents.  I will be lucky if I go to col­lege at all.


Mil­lion peo­ple strug­gle with an alco­hol use dis­or­der in the Unit­ed States
Mil­lion Amer­i­cans report binge drink­ing
Peo­ple die every­day from alco­hol poi­son­ing
Bil­lion every year in drunk dri­ving costs in the Unit­ed States
Johnathon – Age 42 – Augusta, Georgia

Johnathon – Age 42 – Augusta, Georgia


Jessica – Age 16 – Shreveport, Louisiana

Jessica – Age 16 – Shreveport, Louisiana


Sally – Age 65 – Roanoke, Virginia

Sally – Age 65 – Roanoke, Virginia


David – Age 17 – Fort Wayne, Indiana

David – Age 17 – Fort Wayne, Indiana


Resources and Links

Alcoholism Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

A pro­gram run by indi­vid­u­als in recov­ery from an alco­hol use dis­or­der (AUD), Alco­holics Anony­mous (AA) teach­es you how to get and remain sober long-term. The 12 steps and 12 tra­di­tions of AA serve as the organization’s foun­da­tion and pro­vide encour­age­ment dur­ing recov­ery. Pro­gram chap­ters are locat­ed across the Unit­ed States and inter­na­tion­al­ly, and are open to recov­er­ing alco­holics and their loved ones.



Al-Anon and Alateen

Designed with the fam­i­ly mem­bers and friends of alco­holics in mind, Al-Anon and Ala­teen are great resources for learn­ing how to cope with someone’s drink­ing behav­ior. Indi­vid­u­als can attend meet­ings in per­son, online or via the phone to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tions they are cur­rent­ly fac­ing. Mem­bers advise one anoth­er on how to sup­port and encour­age a loved one to seek the treat­ment they need.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recov­ery is a sup­port group for peo­ple suf­fer­ing from vary­ing types of addic­tion. Mem­bers can par­tic­i­pate in face-to-face meet­ings world­wide and access dig­i­tal resources such as a 24/7 chat room, mes­sage board and dai­ly online meet­ings. The organization’s 4-Point Pro­gram empow­ers you to over­come alco­holism, teach­es you how to main­tain sobri­ety and gives you the tools for a bal­anced life.



Any­one suf­fer­ing from ANY form of sub­stance abuse addic­tion would be able to find help­ful infor­ma­tion on this site. Fam­i­ly First Inter­ven­tion oper­ates in all 50 states and their web­site has plen­ty of great con­tent, includ­ing an inter­ven­tion quiz, a fam­i­ly co-depen­den­cy assess­ment, and the alco­holics recov­ery resource direc­to­ry.



The Recovery Village

Despite its legal­i­ty in the Unit­ed States, irre­spon­si­ble use of alco­hol still has the poten­tial to lead to alco­hol abuse. If a per­son expe­ri­ences crav­ings for alco­hol and can­not stop con­sum­ing it, they are like­ly expe­ri­enc­ing alco­hol addic­tion, oth­er­wise known as alco­holism. Alco­holism is a med­ical dis­or­der. For­tu­nate­ly, drug addic­tion rehab is proven to treat it effec­tive­ly.


Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)

Sim­i­lar to AA, Sec­u­lar Orga­ni­za­tions for Sobri­ety (SOS) offers meet­ings that alco­holics can attend in order to get and remain sober. There are a vari­ety of SOS meet­ings that take place in cities across the Unit­ed States, as well as online groups. In addi­tion to help­ing recov­er­ing alco­holics, there are SOS groups that sup­port those over­com­ing drug abuse and com­pul­sive eat­ing dis­or­ders.



Cen­ter­stone pro­vides edu­ca­tion­al resources about alco­hol pre­ven­tion, exces­sive drink­ing and treat­ment options. Arti­cles and top­ics cov­er alco­hol-relat­ed sta­tis­tics from research stud­ies, the effects of heavy drink­ing and oth­er risk fac­tors asso­ci­at­ed with alco­hol use dis­or­ders (AUDs). Cen­ter­stone also has toolk­its, fact sheets and videos that cov­er how to rec­og­nize you have a drink­ing prob­lem to how to find hel


Your Primary Care Physician

When you’re ready to get help for an alco­hol use dis­or­der (AUD), your pri­ma­ry care physi­cian can help you find the right treat­ment to fit your needs. Your physi­cian knows about your med­ical his­to­ry and under­stands the best options for your recov­ery. A health provider can not only diag­nose alco­holism, but can refer you to top-rat­ed rehab facil­i­ties and walk you through the recov­ery process.



Women For Sobriety

The Women for Sobri­ety orga­ni­za­tion was designed to help women who suf­fer from alco­holism or sub­stance abuse. Meet­ing and sup­port groups fol­low the Thir­teen State­ment Pro­gram. The only require­ment to become a mem­ber of Women for Sobri­ety is to be com­mit­ted to con­tin­ued absti­nence. Mem­bers have access to many self-help tools such as an online forum, con­fer­ences, book­lets and DVDs.

Alcoholism Research Organizations

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)

This orga­ni­za­tion pro­duces The Amer­i­can Jour­nal on Addic­tions which con­tains detailed research and arti­cles about sub­stance abuse, includ­ing alco­holism. Through the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Addic­tion Psy­chi­a­try (AAAP) patient resources por­tal, indi­vid­u­als can locate spe­cial­ists near them and see their accred­i­ta­tions. There’s also a list of top­ics – psy­chi­a­try, types of addic­tions and men­tal ill­ness – that patients and fam­i­lies can learn more about.


Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

The ADAA is an orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides an array of resources about the effects of anx­i­ety and depres­sion. Often­times, alco­holism may co-exist with oth­er men­tal health con­di­tions such as bipo­lar, pho­bias and anx­i­ety dis­or­ders. ADAA pro­vides infor­ma­tion about treat­ing a men­tal health con­di­tion, debunks com­mon mis­con­cep­tions and pub­lish­es sto­ries of recov­ery. If you are seek­ing pro­fes­sion­al help, the orga­ni­za­tion also has a direc­to­ry of ther­a­pists across the Unit­ed States.

The American Psychological Association (APA)

Since 1892, the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion (APA) has been an essen­tial resource for pro­mot­ing research relat­ed to the stud­ies of alco­holism and men­tal health. The orga­ni­za­tion has an updat­ed list of psy­chol­o­gists across the nation and what they spe­cial­ize in. Addi­tion­al­ly, their data­base is a great tool for find­ing the lat­est resources encom­pass­ing an array of psy­cho­log­i­cal sub­jects.



American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

Find out about cur­rent research stud­ies being con­duct­ed for addic­tions, includ­ing alco­holism, from the Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Addic­tion Med­i­cine (ASAM). The orga­ni­za­tion is ded­i­cat­ed to improv­ing the qual­i­ty of care pro­vid­ed to indi­vid­u­als seek­ing treat­ment for dif­fer­ent forms of sub­stance abuse. Through ASAM, you can learn about local treat­ment ser­vices, health pro­fes­sion­als who spe­cial­ize in alco­hol recov­ery and the lat­est ther­a­pies that are avail­able to heavy drinkers.

National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)

The Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Alco­holism and Drug Abuse Coun­selors (NAADAC) is use­ful for those who are inter­est­ed in help­ing oth­ers over­come an addic­tion. Health pro­fes­sion­als with spe­cial­iza­tions in pre­ven­tion, treat­ment and recov­ery make up the NAADAC’s mem­ber­ship base. By pro­mot­ing healthy lifestyles for those strug­gling with sub­stance abuse, such as alco­holism, the NAADAC is help­ing cre­ate bet­ter com­mu­ni­ties.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

This is a nation­al orga­ni­za­tion that can pro­vide you with infor­ma­tion on alco­hol-relat­ed issues and treat­ment resources. Many peo­ple often refer to the Nation­al Insti­tute on Alco­hol Abuse and Alco­holism (NIAAA) to learn about cur­rent alco­hol use research stud­ies and find­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for var­i­ous treat­ment ser­vices. The NIAAA also pub­lish­es a vari­ety of arti­cles and white papers relat­ed to the effects of alco­holism, binge drink­ing, alco­hol poi­son­ing and drink­ing dur­ing preg­nan­cy.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

The Nation­al Insti­tute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) pro­vides sci­en­tif­ic data about caus­es of alco­holism, as well as the short- and long-term effects of heavy drink­ing. Hav­ing a com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ing about alco­hol use dis­or­ders (AUDs) helps devel­op new ways to treat those who are bat­tling a drink­ing prob­lem. The orga­ni­za­tion has a wide range of stud­ies con­tain­ing infor­ma­tion about how exces­sive alco­hol con­sump­tion affects and rewires the brain.

National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)

As part of the U.S. Depart­ment of Health and Human Ser­vices, the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH) con­cen­trates pri­mar­i­ly on indi­vid­u­als who have a men­tal health dis­or­der and alco­holism dual diag­no­sis. The NIMH has a host of infor­ma­tion about anx­i­ety and depres­sion as they coex­ist with alco­hol use dis­or­ders (AUDs). Through clin­i­cal stud­ies and oth­er research find­ings, the orga­ni­za­tion helps peo­ple bet­ter under­stand pre­ven­tion and recov­ery.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

A treat­ment facil­i­ty loca­tor for alco­holism and men­tal health dis­or­ders is avail­able through the Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion (SAMHSA). SAMHSA is part of the U.S. Depart­ment of Health and Human Ser­vices which helps edu­cate the pub­lic about how to pre­vent or recov­er from alco­holism. It also focus­es on pro­vid­ing help­ful infor­ma­tion about dual diag­no­sis con­di­tions, such as men­tal health dis­or­ders and sub­stance abuse.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

The Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Social Work­ers (NASW) is an orga­ni­za­tion that focus­es on the qual­i­ty of care pro­vid­ed by social work­ers across the Unit­ed States. Help­StartsHere, the NASW’s online direc­to­ry, has lists of clin­i­cal social work­ers, psy­chol­o­gists and psy­chi­a­trists who have dif­fer­ent spe­cial­ties, includ­ing alco­hol use dis­or­ders (AUDs). You can also nar­row your search by geo­graph­ic area, men­tal well­ness top­ics and oth­er fac­tors.

Use Every Tool At Your Disposal To Quit

The deci­sion to seek a sober life is not an easy one. For many, it will be one of the most dif­fi­cult jour­neys of their life. As you have seen, how­ev­er, there are numer­ous resources avail­able to you that can help make the process eas­i­er. To find out more about what options you can take advan­tage of, con­tact a ded­i­cat­ed treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al today.