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Information resources

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism—For information on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems from the lead U.S. research agency on alcohol and health: 301-443-3860. Sample publications for the public: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—For information about substance abuse prevention and treatment services: National Institute on Drug Abuse—For information about other drug problems that often co-exist with alcohol problems: 301-443-1124.
National Institute of Mental Health—For information on problems such as anxiety and depression that can co-exist with alcohol problems: 866-615-6464.

Professional help

Your regular doctor
Primary care and mental health practitioners can provide effective alcoholism treatment by combining new medications with a series of brief counseling visits. See Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much.

Specialists in alcoholism For specialty addiction treatment options, contact your doctor, health insurance company, local health department, or employee assistance program, or the Treatment Facility Locator (1-800-662-4357). In addition, these professional organizations can help you find medical or non-medical addiction specialists in your area:
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
American Psychological Association 800-964-2000 (ask for your state’s referral number to find psychologists with addiction specialties)
American Society of Addiction Medicine 301-656-3920 (ask for the phone number of your state’s chapter for referrals)
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors 800-548-0497
National Association of Social Workers (search for social workers with addiction specialties)

Mutual-support groups

You may need to try out several groups before finding one that’s comfortable for you.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 212-870-3400 (or check your local phone directory under “Alcoholism”)
Moderation Management
Secular Organizations for Sobriety 323-666-4295
SMART Recovery 440-951-5357
Women for Sobriety 215-536-8026
Groups for family and friends
Al-Anon Family Groups 888-425-2666 for meetings
Adult Children of Alcoholics 310-534-1815

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