This booklet is for you, the family member of a person dependent on alcohol or drugs. Whether your family member is dependent on alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, prescription medications, or other drugs, his or her dependence affects you and your family, too.

This booklet answers questions often asked by families of people entering treatment. The “Resources” section, at the back of this booklet, lists a selection of sources for more information and support groups available to you during this stressful time. Take advantage of this help, ask treatment providers questions, and talk with supportive friends or other family members about your feelings.

Millions of Americans abuse or are dependent on alcohol or drugs. All of these people have families – so remember, you are not alone. The fact that your family member is in treatment is a good sign and a big step in the right direction. People with alcohol or drug dependence problems can and do recover.

Source: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. What is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 08-4126. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2004, reprinted 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.