There is help available through your alcohol recovery.
Alcoholism is a common addiction in America and the most frequently used and misused substance in the United States. When it’s left untreated, it can lead to devastating consequences. In addition, it not only affects the addict but also impacts the family and loved ones. Recovery is a lifelong journey for the addict and all those in their lives. According to the SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that approximately 19.3 million people aged 18 or oldwr had a substance use disorder in the past year. Excessive alcohol use can also lead to risk-taking behavior, including driving while impaired. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver daily.
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is a fellowship of people who created a self-help program to solve drinking problems and provide alcohol recovery solutions. It is free for the community to attend meetings and anyone who has a desire to stop drinking is welcome. While it is encouraged to share your situation, it is not a requirement. A.A.’s mission is to help alcoholics achieve sobriety.
AA has resources available online and locations throughout Texas.
The Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) provides free resources such as online meetings, videos, email support, and chat support.
If someone close to you has a drinking problem, Al-Anon may be able to help. Al-Anon is designed to help spouses, parents, siblings, and other family members, while Alateen is geared specifically toward younger people living with an alcoholic.
Families Anonymous is a 12 Step fellowship for the families and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems. Whether it is a known problem or a suspicion of a problem, any concerned person is welcome to attend the meetings.
SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. It was created for people seeking self-help that empowers them to overcome addiction. SMART is a recovery community of volunteers, peers, and professionals. There are tools available that encourage lasting change, support groups (online and in-person), resources for family and friends, and so much more.
“SMART Recovery works. Whether an individual has chosen recovery as their path or been mandated to attend a recovery program, SMART provides a path to Life Beyond Addiction.”
The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.
According to the 2019 Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving Report by MADD Texas became the 25th state to pass an all-offender ignition interlock law in 2015. In 2017 and 2019, Texas lawmakers got tough on first-time drunk drivers by ensuring that an ignition interlock is used as part of any pea deal.
Rethinking Drinking is designed for U.S. adults who drink alcohol. It provides evidence-based information about alcohol and health along with tips, tools, and resources for those who want to cut down on or quit drinking.
Whether you’re just starting to take a look at your drinking or have already decided to cut back or quit, Rethinking Drinking provides you with helpful tools.
The NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator helps adults find alcohol treatment for themselves or an adult loved one. The Navigator is produced by the leading U.S. agency for scientific research on alcohol and health, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). It will steer you toward evidence-based treatment, which applies knowledge gained through decades of carefully designed scientific research.
LifeRing Secular Recovery is an organization of people who share practical experiences and sobriety support. LifeRing tries to support your efforts to strengthen the Sober Self and weaken the Addict Self. LifeRing provides support for you to get and stay addiction free. They offer information, advice, understanding, and lots of support through local in-person meetings, online meetings, other online resources, and a variety of publications.
Women for Sobriety (WFS) is an organization whose purpose is to help all women find their individual paths to recovery through self-discovery. The New Life Program acknowledges the needs women have in recovery – the need to nurture feelings of self-value and self-worth, and the desire to discard feelings of guilt, shame, and humiliation. It offers a variety of recovery tools to guide a woman in developing coping skills which focus on emotional growth, spiritual growth, self-esteem, and a healthy lifestyle.