Crystal Meth Anonymous is a program of recovery from crystal meth
addiction offing the support of one addict helping another. We cannot
offer counseling or suggestions on the situations of family members
and loved ones of addicts.
Recognizing that there are limited sources of support for families
we offer the resources below for informational purposes. The resources
below do not constitute an endorsement of, nor an affiliation with
the institutions, programs or resources mentioned.
If you have an addict in your life we recommend compassionately
confronting their use and setting boundaries around their using behavior.
(i.e. I find your drug use unacceptable - and I won't allow you around
the kids when you are using" etc.)
It may help to remember that addicts are suffering from a progressive
and potentially fatal disease. Modern medical thinking is that addiction
is not a weakness, a lack of willpower or a moral failing. Addicts
are sick people who can be effectively encouraged to get well, not
bad people who need to be "good."
Sadly, most addicts do not recover until they become willing to
seek help; our experience has shown it is nearly impossible to "make
Addiction is a progressive disease that affect the entire family
structure. Modern recovery approaches deal with the family and friends
as well as the addict. It is important to NOT shield the addict from
the consequences of their using behavior. (Referred to as "enabling.")
Not enabling the addict may help them become willing to seek help.
If you are coping with the pain of having an addict / alcoholic
in your life we strongly recommend a program like ALANON, Naranon or CODA you,
both as a support mechanism and because they can offer strategies
for coping with a loved one's addiction. AA Central Services should
be able to help you locate these programs in your area, or call a
local hospital's CDRU (Chemical Dependency Recovery Unit) and ask
Alanon can be reached
via their website at: al-anon.alateen.org Alanon is focused on the
families and friends of Alcoholics, but their materials will be helpful
to the loved ones of addicts as well. They are a much larger organization
than Naranon, and therefore easier to find in many localities. Atlanta
Al-anon can be reached here.
and organization for the families and friends of drug addicts, can
be reached at (310) 547-5800, or write to: Naranon World Service
P.O. Box 2562 Palos Verdes, CA 09274
Codependents.org - Co-Dependents
Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is
to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership
is a desire for healthy and fulfilling relationships.
While we do not endorse individual recovery related businesses or
treatment centers, Hazelden Publishing Company has an informative
listing of articles for family members of addicts.
Sober 24 offer support to families and loved ones of addicts and
alcoholics. (Family & Friends of the afflicted meet in their
SoberChat room on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10pm EST.)
Online Message Board for families / friends of meth addicts.