Help for Friends & Family of Alcoholics

It can be hard having a loved one who is an alcoholic. Those
who do often struggle with these issues:

  • Worrying about how much someone drinks
  • Having money problems because of someone else’s drinking
  • Telling lies to cover up for someone else’s drinking
  • Feeling that the drinker loved you, he or she would stop drinking to please you
  • Blaming the drinker’s behavior on his or her companions
  • Having plans frequently upset or canceled or meals delayed because of the drinker
  • Making threats, such as, "If you don’t stop drinking, I’ll leave you."
  • Secretly try to smell the drinker’s breath
  • Fear of confronting someone for fear it will set off a drinking bout
  • Being hurt or embarrassed by a drinker’s behavior
  • Spoiled holidays and gatherings because of a loved one’s drinking
  • Fear of abuse by the drinker
  • Searching for loved one’s hidden alcohol
  • Riding in a car with a drunken driver at the wheel
  • Refusing social invitations out of fear or anxiety because of the alcoholic
  • Feelings of failure when you think of the lengths you have gone to control the drinker
  • Thinking that if the drinker stopped drinking, your other problems would be solved
  • Threatening to hurt yourself to scare the drinker
  • Feeling angry, confused or depressed most of the time
  • Feeling there is no one who understands your problems

You are NOT alone! Help is available.

You will find help on our Web site here:
Intervention Suggestions
Christ Centered Intervention

Frequently Asked Questions
Where to Start Recovery

We strongly suggest that you print out these helpful
pamphlets and give copies to your loved one:
Day One: My First 24 Hours in Recovery

The Next 24 Hours and the Rest of My Life

Get these Helpful Books:

The Christians in Recovery Workbook & Meeting Guide

Christians in Recovery Devotional Journal

Christians in Recovery Workbook & Meeting Guide

Software for Recovery

To find help and meetings locally:
International Directory of Christian Recovery Ministries, Groups & Organizations

Looking for a Treatment Center near you?
Here is a great locator:

Alcoholics Victorious (Excellent Christian Organization)

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Group Headquarters, Inc.
1600 Corporate Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5657
AL-Anon will teach you how to handle an alcoholic and you will
also learn how to cope with this behavior.

They offer a self-help recovery program for families and friends of alcoholics whether or not the alcoholic seks help or even recognizes the existence of a drinking problem. Phone them for information and the location of the nearest meeting. Then get to those meetings!!

The following organizations can help you to find a qualified Christian counselor:

American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC)
9504-A Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031-2303
A list of over 3,200 individual members of AAPC is available from the Association Office. The Association office will be happy to refer you to
a certified pastoral counselor near you.

Professional Assoc. of Canadian Christian Counselors
112-1671 Plessis Road
Winnipeg, MB R3W 1M1

National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC)
3600 W. 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46268-2905
Phone: (317) 337-9100
Fax: (317) 337-9199

International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC)
11500 Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80020
Telephone: 303-469-IABC
Fax: 303-469-1787

National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA)
3650 17th Street
Sarasota, FL 34235
(941) 951-6177

American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
2421 W. Pratt #1398
Chicago, IL 60645

Association of Christian Therapists (ACT)
14440 Cherry Lane Court #215
Laurel, MD 10707

Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)
PO Box 310400
New Braunfels, TX 78131-0400

This is not an endorsement or recommendation of any organization or group. Listings are provided as a courtesy, not as an obligation. It is up to the reader to determine whether this organization suits his or her purposes, interests and beliefs.

Read everything you can get your hands on regarding recovery. Use for added recommendations.

Getting Them Sober Volume 1: A Guide for those who live with an alcoholic

God is for the Alcoholic

The 12 Steps A Spiritual Journey (workbook with guide for leading a group) (Workbook with guide for leading a group)

The Twelve Steps for Christians (accompanies above)

Power to Choose, 12 Steps to Wholeness (excellent workbook)

A Practical Guide to Victory in Christ
Order From:
Overcomers in Christ
P.O. Box 34460
Omaha, NE 68134

Celebrate Recovery Participant’s Guides Set

Celebrate Recovery Curriculum

Victory Over the Darkness Book and Study Guide
Neil T. Anderson / Harvest House

Bondage Breaker
Neil T. Anderson / Harvest House

Bondage Breaker Study Guide
Neil T. Anderson / Harvest House

A Hunger for Healing Workbook

Then look under “Where to Start” at

We suggest any Christian who is in recovery or trying to recover from ANYTHING get copies of these Bibles:

Life Recovery Bible
Published by Tyndale House Publishers.This Bible is specially annotated for
recovering Christians and is a wonderful source of support and healing.

Serenity: A Companion for Twelve Step Recovery
(New King James Version- New Testament Psalms & Proverbs)
by Dr. Robert Hemfelt and Dr. Richard Fowler

Recovery Devotional Bible
(complete Bible-NIV version)
Includes 365 meditations and extensive notes
Zondorvan Publishers

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