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What help is available to the spouse and other family members?
Family members are strongly encouraged to participate in family treatment programs that may be offered in conjunction with primary addiction or mental health treatment. These disorders have a powerful impact on families.
It is well known that education and support can be of great significance to family members and to the long-term well-being of the family as a whole.
For the spouse of the chemically dependent person, we regularly refer to Al-Anon as the primary recovery resource. Adult children can benefit enormously from participation in an Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) or Al-Anon group.
For younger children, Alateen is a great source of comfort and support. Increasing numbers of communities have groups such as Alatot for very young children.
For family members of those with a mental health disorder, local mental health organizations provide many support groups. These organizations can be contacted through your local mental health association. The LAP staff will be happy to help you make these contacts.