For Friends and Families

Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from the addiction to crystal meth. We cannot offer counseling or suggestions for the family members and loved ones of addicts.

Recognizing that there are limited sources of support for families we offer the resources below for informational purposes. The resources below do not constitute an endorsement of, nor an affiliation with the institutions, programs or resources mentioned.

If you have an addict in your life, we recommend compassionately confronting their use and setting boundaries around their using behavior. (i.e. I find your drug use unacceptable – and I won’t allow you around the kids when you are using” etc.)

It may help to remember that addicts are suffering from a progressive and potentially fatal disease. Modern medical thinking is that addiction is not a weakness, a lack of willpower or a moral failing. Addicts are sick people who can be effectively encouraged to get well, not bad people who need to be “good.”

Sadly, most addicts do not recover until they become willing to seek help. Our experience has shown it is nearly impossible to “make someone recover.”

Addiction is a progressive disease that affect the entire family structure. Modern recovery approaches deal with the family and friends as well as the addict. It is important to NOT shield the addict from the consequences of their using behavior. (Referred to as “enabling.”) Not enabling the addict may help them become willing to seek help.

If you are coping with the pain of having an addict / alcoholic in your life we strongly recommend a program like Al-Anon or Nar-Anon. Either can be used as a support mechanism and they can offer strategies for coping with a loved one’s addiction. AA Central Services should be able to help you locate these programs in your area, or call a local hospital’s CDRU (Chemical Dependency Recovery Unit) and ask for referrals.

Al-Anon can be reached via their website at: www.al-anon.alateen.org. Al-Anon is focused on the families and friends of Alcoholics, but their materials will be helpful to the loved ones of addicts as well. They are a much larger organization than Nar-Anon, and therefore easier to find in many localities.

Nar-Anon – and organizations for the families and friends of drug addicts, can be reached at (310) 534-8188 or (800) 477-6291, or write to: Nar-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., 22527 Crenshaw Blvd #200B., Torrance, CA 90505 USA.

Be sure to check out our Contact Us page for some other helpful links and phone numbers.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 January 2008)