Dear Annie: I enjoy reading your column and agree with most of your advice, including your recommendations when it comes to handling alcohol addictions and binge drinking.
I do not work in this field, but I've seen alternatives to AA that may be more palatable to some who are seeking assistance.
Would you print this information, too?
- Albany N.Y.
Dear Albany: We actually have printed alternatives to AA in the past and are happy to do so again. Whatever helps. We recognize that some people are not comfortable with 12-step programs or those mentioning a "higher power," and others are searching for something more specifically tailored to their needs. So here are a few suggestions:
Moderation Management (moderation.org); Hams (Harm Reduction, Abstinence and Moderation Support) at hamsnetwork.org; Smart Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) at smartrecovery.org; Rational Recovery (rational.org); Sober Recovery (soberrecovery.com); SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety) at sossobriety.org; LifeRing (lifering.org); Women for Sobriety (womenforsobriety.org).
We realize this list doesn't include everything, so readers can find more resources through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (samhsa.gov) at 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357).
Dear Annie: I read the letter from "Blue-Collar Grandparents," who are concerned about their grandchildren's trichotillomania. I am 62 and have had trich my entire life. It never goes away. We just learn how to hide it. It is not something one can control any more than we can control how tall we are. You would not berate your grandchild for his height.
Help them deal with the trich with hats and concealing hairstyles.
Please do not ever in any way blame your grandchildren or their parents for this malady.
Accept them the way they are.
- One of Many
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