Recommended Resources

To understand the complexities of addiction in your family, we've compiled a list of helpful books, stories, and resources to help you understand the disease and your role as a partner.


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For Adults

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Janet Woititz

Al Anon Faces Alcoholism

Al-Anon Family Groups

Codependency and Family Rules

Robert Subby

Codependent No More

Melody Beattie

Everything Changes: Help for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts

Beverly Conyers

How Al-Anon Works for Family & Friends

Al-Anon Family Groups

I’ll Quit Tomorrow

Vernon Johnson

It Will Never Happen To Me

Claudia Black

Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention

Jeff Jay & Debra Jay

Necessary Losses

Judy Viorst

Opening our Hearts, Transforming our Losses

Al-Anon Family Groups

Recovery: A Guide for Adult Children of Alcoholics

Julie D. Bowden & Herbert L. Gravitz

The Enabler: When Helping Hurts the One you Love

Angelyn Miller

The New Codependency; Help & Guidance for Today’s Generation

Melody Beattie

Under the Influence

James Milam

When Parents Love Too Much

Laurie Ashner & Mitch Meyerson


Beautiful Boy

David Sheff


William Cope Moyers

Drinking – A Love Story

Caroline Knapp


Augusten Burroughs

More, Now, Again

Elizabeth Wurtzel


Heather King

Potato Chips for Breakfast

Cynthia Scalles

Sunny’s Story: How to Save a Young Life

Ginger Katz

Terry: My Daughter’s Life & Death Struggle with Alcoholism

George McGovern

The Los Angeles Diaries

James Brown


Nic Sheff

Teens / Youth

Alateen – Hope for Children of Alcoholics

Al-Anon Family Groups

Drugs & Your Brothers & Sisters

Rhoda McFarland

For Teenagers Living with a Parent Who Abuses Alcohol/Drugs

Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer

Inside a Support Group: Help for Teenage Children of Alcoholics

Margi Trapani

Mommy’s Coming Home from Treatment

Mike Motz

Mommy’s Gone to Treatment

Mike Motz

When a Family is in Trouble

Marge Heegaard

When Someone in the Family Drinks too Much

Richard Langsen

Movies & TV

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28 Days

Susannah Grant



Bill Moyers Close to Home




My Name is Bill W.

William G. Borchert

When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story

William G. Borchert

Helpful Articles

Why are interventions successful?

Treatment is still possible. Having the right people present to share their love and concern along with timing can affect the outcome as well.

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What does an intervention cost?

The reality is that treatment options for addiction are just as diverse as the people it affects.

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What If The Identified Loved One Refuses Help?

In the rare situation, where a family member refuses help, they typically do so within the next few days.

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