In WE tv’s original series Braxton Family Values, Trina shocks her family by confessing she was arrested for a DUI. The Braxton sisters’ concern about Trina’s recent weight gain and alcohol abuse leads them to stage an intervention to address these warning signs of depression and alcoholism.
Alcoholism is the third greatest killer in the U.S., impacting those who suffer from the disease as well as their friends and family. Below are helpful resources for those seeking support:
• Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous’ primary purpose is to help men and women recovering from alcoholism stay sober and live a healthy, normal life. It serves as a worldwide support system where they can share their experiences, strength and hope with each other. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; the only requirement is the desire to stop drinking. This short questionnaire can help anyone considering joining AA to determine if it’s right for them. And this link provides information on local meetings.
• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) offers comprehensive prevention and treatment resources. They offer an online facility locator of alcohol treatment programs across the country and a 24 hour toll free treatment referral helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357).
Al-Anon Family Groups
Because alcoholism is a disease that affects the entire family, taking part in support programs like Al-Anon and Alateen, can be an important coping tool. Community-based Al-Anon Information Services and Web sites can connect you to local Al-Anon groups. Or call 888-4AL-ANON (888-425-2666) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday.
Many times, friends and family members of someone abusing alcohol may try to stage an intervention without seeking professional advice and assistance. These attempts can actually do more harm than good, leading to confrontations that reduce the chances of a successful recovery. If you feel your friend or family member might benefit from an alcohol intervention, you should turn to a professional for help.
• National Intervention Referrals is an organization that provides intervention services for families and individuals who are struggling with addiction, alcoholism and other forms of crisis. Once a successful intervention has occurred, their staff continues to support family and friends throughout the rehabilitation process. For more information click here: www.nationalinterventionreferral.org
• Addiction Intervention Resources (A.I.R.) is a national organization of professional intervention specialists, counselors and consultants who provide fast and effective crisis management services through a proven protocol of education, action and healing. This organization specializes in addressing addiction-related crises resulting from alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, sexual addiction, gambling, and more. A.I.R. has offices located across the country to quickly and efficiently reach and service clients located anywhere in the U.S. For more information click here: www.intervene.com
Jessica Solloway is a Washington, DC based writer and producer. From wedding planning to work, dating to dieting (and everything in between), she enjoys writing about lifestyle topics women want to know about. Jessica received her degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Check out her blog, The Savvy Mrs.