Apr 1, 2024

Support Groups for Families of Addicts

Addiction is a disease that affects not only the individual but also those around them. Families are often deeply affected by their loved ones’ addiction, but can also play a significant role in recovery.

This is a difficult, challenging time, and it’s important that families are able to connect with and receive the support and therapy they need for healing. There are numerous family support groups for addiction in Massachusetts that can help. 

How to Find a Family Support Group

If you’re unsure about where to begin when looking for a family support group for addiction, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a number of resources to help you get started. 

Massachusetts Center for Addiction also offers a family support program and is available to answer your questions and help you connect with the support network that meets your needs. 

Support Groups for Families of Addicts in Massachusetts 

Massachusetts Center for Addiction offers a Family Program for Addiction Recovery to offer the opportunity for the whole family to heal from the trail of damage and hurt that addiction can cause. 

Families and loved ones can work through emotions, and trauma, and learn to establish personal boundaries while supporting their loved one through recovery. Our program also focuses on addiction education, so that families are better able to understand the challenges of addiction disease. 

In addition to our family program, here are some of the family support groups available in Massachusetts. 

Al-Anon Family Groups of Massachusetts 

Al-Anon is a support network for families and friends who have been affected by a loved one’s alcohol addiction. They offer free-of-charge family support groups in Massachusetts, providing an opportunity to listen to how others have coped with alcoholism in their family and share their own stories. 

Al-Anon helps family members build community and support, and learn more about supporting their loved one through alcohol addiction treatment. 

Massachusetts Alateen Meetings 

Teens are impacted by family addiction in unique ways, often feeling that nobody understands how they’re feeling or aren’t interested in hearing about what they’re going through. Al-Anon offers Alateen a safe, supportive place for teens in Massachusetts to share, support, and accept they are not at fault and are not responsible for the behaviors of others. 

Alateen also offers online meetings, which some teens may feel more comfortable with and find easier to attend since they don’t need to explain where they are. 

Nar-Anon Family Groups 

Nar-Anon is similar to Al-Anon but offers a supportive twelve-step program for families and loved ones of drug addicts. In-person meetings are available in several locations within twenty-five miles of Boston. 

Virtual meetings are also available for those who prefer the online platform or are unable to attend an in-person support group. 

Learn To Cope 

Learn to Cope is an organization that offers peer-led support groups for families of loved ones who are struggling with addiction. Meetings are held in person and virtually, with the peer-led platform creating an environment where families feel they are understood and heard. 

Learn to Cope goes beyond family support for addiction, also working with law enforcement, hospitals, and government to develop larger-scale solutions for the community disease of addiction. 

Partnership to End Addiction Resources for Massachusetts Parents 

The Partnership to End Addiction offers a wonderful program for parents of addicted children. This program offers support for parents, with parent specialists working with each family to help them understand addiction and access the help they need. 

This isn’t a traditional support group setting, but the parent specialists can help you find a support group that meets your needs. 

Families Anonymous

Families Anonymous is a 12-step program for families and loved ones of an addict. They provide family support groups for addiction, where attendees are encouraged to either share or just listen as they feel comfortable. 

Families Anonymous offers on-site family support group meeting options and virtual support group meetings. 

The Family Restored

The Family Restored is a non-profit organization that supports families affected by addiction. It offers support groups in Stoneham, Duxbury, and Milton, Massachusetts. 

In addition to family support groups, The Family Restored also offers scholarship programs to help ease the financial burden of addiction recovery. 

Connect With a Family Support Group Today

Addiction is a devastating disease, and the needs of the family shouldn’t be ignored. You don’t have to travel this road alone when there are others who know what you are going through. Support groups can help heal through building community and family programs like the one at Massachusetts Center for Addiction, which offer healing in a safe, therapeutic environment. 

Don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact the Massachusetts Center for Addiction today at 844-486-0671

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