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Resources from NIAAA

Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help
This guide from NIAAA is written for individuals, and their family and friends, who are looking for options to address alcohol problems. It is intended as a resource to understand what treatment choices are available and what to consider when selecting among them.

Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and Your Health
For anyone who drinks, this site and booklet from NIAAA offers valuable, research-based information to help people to take a look at their drinking habits and how they may affect their health, and find ways to make a change.

Professional help

Your doctor. Primary care and mental health practitioners can provide effective alcoholism treatment by combining new medications with brief counseling visits. To aid clinicians, NIAAA has developed two guides: Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much, and for younger patients, Alcohol Screening and Brief Interventions for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide. Both are available at

Specialists in alcohol use disorders. For specialty addiction treatment options, contact your doctor, health insurance plan, local health department, or employee assistance program. Other resources include:

Medical and non-medical addiction specialists

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

American Psychological Association
1–800–964–2000 (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)

NAADAC Substance Abuse Professionals

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

Treatment facilities

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator
1–800–662–HELP (1-800-662-4357)

Mutual-support groups

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

Al-Anon Family Groups
1–888–425–2666 for meetings

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Information resources

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institute of Mental Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration