Friends & Family

Do you have a friend or family member suffering from addiction to crystal meth? This information will be helpful in providing support for you and your loved one.

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

If you feel someone is having a medical crisis or emergency, please call 911. CMA is not a medical organization.

We recognize, there are limited resources of support for loved ones of addicts. There are various support programs available to you. We have listed information on a few of them below. Our providing this information does not constitute our endorsement of, nor an affiliation with the institutions, programs or resources listed.

CM-Anon is an anonymous Twelve Step fellowship for relatives and friends of addicts affected by crystal meth. Through members sharing their experience, strength and hope they help one another in dealing with the common problem.

Al-Anon and Al-Ateen groups focus largely on the families and friends of alcoholics. Their materials can be helpful to the loved ones of addicts as well. They are a very large organization, therefore easier to find in many localities.

Nar-Anon is an organization for the family and friends of drug addicts.

You can also call your local hospital’s CDRU (Chemical Dependency Recovery Unit) and ask for referrals.

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.

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.”