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Info & help links

Information resources

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism—For information on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems from the lead U.S. research agency on alcohol and health: 301-443-3860.

Sample publications for the public:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—For information about substance abuse prevention and treatment services:

National Institute on Drug Abuse—For information about other drug problems that often co-exist with alcohol problems: 301-443-1124.

National Institute of Mental Health—For information on problems such as anxiety and depression that can co-exist with alcohol problems: 866-615-6464.

Professional help

Your regular doctor

Primary care and mental health practitioners can provide effective alcoholism treatment by combining new medications with a series of brief counseling visits. See Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much.

Specialists in alcoholism

For specialty addiction treatment options, contact your doctor, health insurance company, local health department, or employee assistance program, or the Treatment Facility Locator (1-800-662-4357). In addition, these professional organizations can help you find medical or non-medical addiction specialists in your area:

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

American Psychological Association
800-964-2000 (ask for your state's referral number to find psychologists with addiction specialties)

American Society of Addiction Medicine
301-656-3920 (ask for the phone number of your state's chapter for referrals)

National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

National Association of Social Workers (search for social workers with addiction specialties)

Mutual-help groups

You may need to try out several groups before finding one that's comfortable for you.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
212-870-3400 (or check your local phone directory under "Alcoholism")

Moderation Management

Secular Organizations for Sobriety

SMART Recovery

Women for Sobriety

Groups for family and friends

888-425-2666 for meetings

Adult Children of Alcoholics