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What If My Family Doesn’t Want Me to Join AA?

Addiction can be immensely difficult on families, and deciding on a treatment option that pleases everyone can also be problematic. The important thing to remember when searching for a recovery program is to find one that works for you. But there are ways to help your family members understand AA if they are skeptical about it. If you have been struggling with alcoholism or alcohol abuse and want to find out more about Alcoholics Anonymous, call 800-839-1686Who Answers? today.

Helping Family Members Understand AA

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Are you comforted and intrigued by the ideas put forth in AA and believe that the program will be beneficial to you, even though your family does not like it? There are ways to help your loved ones understand how AA can be a good choice for your addiction recovery and how they can make better sense of the program itself.

  • According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “The efficacy of 12-step programs… in treating alcohol dependence has been established,” and there are many studies that show how these programs are helpful to alcoholics. Do a little research, and show your family members what you find out.
  • Take your loved one to 12-step facilitation therapy. Counselors who practice this treatment option want to help addicts transition into 12-step programs like AA by busting the myths that surround these groups and helping them understand how they can be helpful. Your family members will likely gain some insight by attending as well.
  • Go to an open AA meeting with your family members so they can see what the group is actually like. At these meetings, members are prepared for non-members to visit and have questions about the program so it is a perfect time for you both to see what things are like on the inside.
  • Ask your family members to attend Al-Anon. These meetings are similar to AA, but they are specifically for the friends and family of addicts. The members of this group discuss their feelings with one another and follow the 12 steps in order to better help themselves and their loved ones.

Compromise With Your Loved Ones

If your family still wants you to attend traditional treatment in place of AA, there are many programs that utilize medication, behavioral therapy, and AA meetings for alcohol abuse recovery. Especially if a doctor has told you that you may require more traditional treatment either before or in addition to AA, you may want to consider this option and make a compromise.

Your Treatment, Your Choice

All in all, though, if you believe AA will be helpful to you, then it likely will be. As the NIDA states, “No single treatment is right for everyone,” and those in recovery need to be able to choose the treatment option that is best for them. Family members and their feelings are important and should be considered. However, if you believe AA will help you, then your decision to join the program is valid.

If you would like to learn more about AA or find a meeting in your area, please call 800-839-1686Who Answers?. We can answer any questions you have about the program and help you begin your journey of recovery.

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) could be forwarded to SAMHSA or a verified treatment provider. Calls are routed based on availability and geographic location.

The AlcoholicsAnonymous.com helpline is free, private, and confidential. There is no obligation to enter treatment. In some cases, AlcoholicsAnonymous.com could charge a small cost per call, to a licensed treatment center, a paid advertiser, this allows AlcoholicsAnonymous.com to offer free resources and information to those in need by calling the free hotline you agree to the terms of use. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses.

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