During September, National Recovery month focuses primarily on the person needing treatment, but family members of someone abusing alcohol or drugs also need help and too often don't know where to go.
This month, I have been introducing groups where families can receive assistance. Here are the ones with which I am most familiar:
A Chance to Change, 5228 Classen Circle, Oklahoma City, offers free educational seminars: How Addiction Affects Families; Codependency-Hidden Fears, Hidden Tears; Enabling — The Helping That Hurts; Treatment and Recovery. www.achancetochange.org 840-9000.
Parents Helping Parents is a group of folks with a child of any age using drugs or alcohol. They offer support groups, education, telephone contact and information about resources. www.parentshelpingparents.info.
Oklahoma Outreach Foundation provides a high school named Mission Academy where teenagers in recovery can receive support and encouragement as they complete their high school education. www.okoutreachfoundation.org.
Twelve Step groups: www.familiesanonymous.org, www.codependents.org and Al-Anon.