By Michel Perron
The harms of alcohol and drug abuse are not limited to the user alone. One-third of adults report that they have experienced harm in the past year as a result of someone else’s drinking (Canadian Addiction Survey 2006). One in ten reports family and marriage problems as a consequence of drinking. Clearly, substance abuse is an issue that affects not only the user, but the family as well.
The involvement of family members in the healing process has long been recognized as a factor in the success of treatment. Canada’s National Treatment Strategy acknowledges the role of family members in an integrated systems approach to planning and delivering services and supports for substance abuse problems. General social support of family as well as substance-specific support has been demonstrated to provide valuable contributions to initial and longer-term treatment outcomes. The involvement of family in the treatment and support of adolescent substance users has been shown to be particularly beneficial.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) acknowledges and appreciates the long standing and valuable contribution Al-Anon Family Groups provides to families across Canada, the U.S., and globally. It is through their types of services that those most affected by their loved ones’ substance abuse can benefit from help, guidance, and support.
Michel Perron is the Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse in Ottawa, Ontario.
- A program that applies spiritual principles but is not affiliated with any religion or religious organization. Al-Anon/Alateen includes people of different religious beliefs, as well as individuals who do not have any religious faith.
- A recovery program that is compatible with professional counseling, therapy, or treatment.
Al-Anon is not:
- Allied with any sect, political entity, organization, or institution.
- A program to help people achieve or maintain sobriety.
- Involved in any issues outside of our program-neither endorses, opposes, or has any opinion about any cause.
How do I find an Al-Anon or Alateen meeting?
Monday-Friday, 8a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
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Al-Anon may also be listed in your local telephone directory.