Find a meeting in your area, read the online version of the Big Book, 12 and 12, NA Book, and other materials on the following websites:
Alcoholics Anonymous: www.aa.org
Narcotics Anonymous: www.na.org
Al Anon/Al Ateen: www.al–anon.alateen.org
Gamblers Anonymous: www.gamblersanonymous.org
Overeaters Anonymous: www.oa.org/
The Recovery Book by Al J. Mooney, M.D., Arlene Eisenbert, and Howard Eisenberg
Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention. Great info for families on addiction as a disease and what to do if you suspect that someone has an addiction problem.
The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter’s Worst Nightmare
Codependent No More – by Melody Beattie, the leading authority on Codependency
A great article about the addiction and the brain: Stop! Go! A Rogue System In the Brain
Other Sites of Interest:
There is a treatment finder online on the Samhsa site or call 1-800-662-help.
The NIDA site (national institute on drug abuse) and SAMHSA (substance abuse and mental health services administration) have articles/publications that you can sign up to receive. Much of this information is scientific research about addiction.
HBO: Addiction (specifically Disc 2 Sections 1 and 2) – there is also a good “Addiction” BOOK to go along with the series (sold separately here: http://www.amazon.com/Addiction-Cant-They-Just-Stop/dp/1594867151/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260135740&sr=8-3)
The Hijacked Brain:
http://billmoyers.com/content/hijacked-brain/ (full transcript available and worth the read) – an older film (1998) but still light-years ahead of our society when it comes to understanding addiction as a brain disease. This was one of the first sources of information that inspired the beginning of my passion as an addictive disease educator and I still use this information every day.
“Addiction Inbox” http://addiction-dirkh.blogspot.com/
Talbott Recovery Campus has an invaluable MEDICATION GUIDE for a Safe Recovery. Find it here (you will need to enter an email address to download the document but you can opt out of being contacted):