Alcohol has been my friend for many years. I have been able to hide it, until now. Today, I passed out drunk at my bridge game. The girls couldn’t wake me up so they called the squad. The paramedics asked if I was eating or drinking anything and they took my water bottle filled with Vodka. Guess the secret is out now, how can I ever face them again? More importantly, I realize that I am an alcoholic.
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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.
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.
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.