Detach with love

The story of a son’s spiralling descent into alcohol addiction and the effects on one ordinary family and their fight to save him.

UK Links

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) - Is a free self-help group. Its "12-step" programme involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups. AA's belief is that people with drink problems need to give up alcohol permanently
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  • England - FRANK - Provides search service to find details of local and national services that provide counselling and treatment in England
  • Scotland - Scottish Drug Services - If you live in Scotland please visit the Scottish Drug Services website
  • Wales - DAN - If you live in Wales please visit the Dan website. For links to help
  • N Ireland - Public Health Agency website - If you live in Northern Ireland please visit the Public Health Agency website
  • Drinkaware - Provides consumers with information to make informed decisions about the effects of alcohol on their lives and lifestyles.
  • Al-Anon Family Groups - Offer support and understanding to the families and friends of problem drinkers, whether they're still drinking or not. Alateen is part of Al-Anon and can be attended by 12- to 17-year-olds who are affected by another person's drinking, usually a parent.
  • Addaction - Is a UK-wide treatment agency that helps individuals, families and communities to manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse.
  • Adfam - Is a national charity working with families affected by drugs and alcohol. Adfam operates an online message board and database of local support groups.
  • Drinkline - Is the national alcohol helpline. If you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, you can call this free helpline, in complete confidence. Call 0800 917 8282 (weekdays 9am – 8pm, weekends 11am – 4pm).
  • The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) - Provides a free, confidential telephone and email helpline for children of alcohol-dependent parents and others concerned with their welfare. Call 0800 358 3456 for the Nacoa helpline.
  • Giveupdrinking - Information if you think you may be drinking too much
  • NHS Alcohol Tracker - Track how much you drink
  • Find a counsellor - Find a counsellor or psychotherapist dealing with Alcoholism

USA links

  • Addiction Center - An organization that helps individuals struggling with chemical dependencies find help through traditional rehab or other treatment options.
  • Drug Rehab - Is an organisation that works to spread awareness of substance abuse and be a informational resource for those impacted by alcohol and drug dependence.
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioural health of the nation.
  • American Council on Alcoholism - Link to useful sites
  • National Council on Alcoholism - The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and its Affiliate Network is a voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting the Nation’s #1 health problem – alcoholism, drug addiction and the devastating consequences of alcohol and other drugs on individuals, families and communities.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous - International organisation
  • Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters - Offer support and understanding to US families and friends of problem drinkers, whether they're still drinking or not.

Australian links

  • - Provides information on alcohol-related health, science, news, and Australian Government policy. The site is designed to give Australians a basic knowledge and understanding about alcohol and its consequences in order to make informed decisions so they might minimise the risk of alcohol-related harms
  • Australian alcohol guidelines : reducing the health risks - Most Australians drink alcohol, generally for enjoyment, relaxation and sociability. However, a substantial proportion of people drink at levels that increase their risk of alcohol-related harm. These guidelines will help you make an informed choice and also help health agencies guide the community in reducing health risks that arise from drinking alcohol.
  • My QuitBuddy - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android - Helpful smoking quit tips, daily motivational messages and reminders for those planning to start the quitting journey.
  • Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN) - The Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN) provides access to quality reviewed alcohol and drug information via sophisticated searches of drug-related and news websites, and online databases, tailored for drug professionals, researchers, schools and the general community.
  • Re-Gen - UnitingCare ReGen is the leading alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania. ReGen is a not-for-profit agency, which has over 40 years experience delivering a comprehensive range of AOD services to the community. - See more at:
  • Hello Sunday Morning - The purpose is to provide a platform for individuals to create meaningful change in their lives by taking a short break from alcohol. By sharing their story, each persons' stand is a unique and essential contribution to a better drinking culture. Hello Sunday Morning is a way for any individual to take a break from drinking and recreate the drinking culture around us. Since 2010 nearly 10,000 people have signed up to go 12 weeks or more without alcohol, and blog about their journey on Hello Sunday Morning.

New Zealand links

Canada links

  • AA Canada - Alcoholics Anonymous support group Web site.
  • Drug & Alcohol Helpline - The Drug and Alcohol Helpline provides information about drug and alcohol addiction services in Ontario. We are funded by the Government of Ontario.The service is live answer 24/7, confidential and free.
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - Canada's largest health sciences centre devoted to mental illness and addiction.
  • TeenNet Cyberisle - An interactive Web site designed by youth - for youth - with information on smoking, drugs and sex.
  • LifeRing - LifeRing Secular Recovery is an abstinence-based, worldwide network of people who are choosing to live in recovery from alcohol and other drugs. We encourage individuals to build their own personal recovery programs based on three principles: sobriety, secularity, and self-direction.