Laramie was recently ranked the sixth most bikeable city in the United States, and despite its small size, is increasingly gaining a reputation as a highly livable and extremely welcoming place to call home. For many residents, though, drug and alcohol addiction continue to undermine the quality of life in Laramie. An addiction can ruin your family, your career, and even your health. But you don't have to face addiction alone. Rehab centers offer the best possible chance at getting clean and sober. Rehab, though, isn't for everyone. Some addicts are more independent-minded, and prefer to get support on their terms, when they need it. A local support group can increase your chances of long-term recovery by offering you the support and assistance of other addicts who've been there.
Alcoholics Anonymous is remarkably simple, but has become the world's oldest and most popular recovery program. Founded by a recovering alcoholic, the program asks recovering addicts to work through its 12 steps, commit to a life of sobriety, and make amends to those they have hurt. Meetings are free, and occur throughout the day and week. To find an Alcoholics Anonymous group near you, click here. A few other local options include:
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is virtually indistinguishable from AA except for the program's emphasis on achieving sobriety from drugs such as heroin and meth. In addition to offering generalized drug recovery help, NA also offers several drug-specific programs, such as Pills Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous. To find your local NA meeting, click here. Links to a few other local programs include:
While most diseases affect their victims' families, alcoholism and drug addiction have the power to tear an entire family apart. It's rare to encounter an addict whose family hasn't suffered immensely. From repeatedly bailing an addict out of jail to being victimized by theft and lies, many loved ones suffer for months or years due to the disease of addiction. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon aim to offer judgement-free support to family members. These programs focus on helping loved ones set boundaries and lead happier lives, even when the addicts they love never pursue or achieve sobriety.
Al-Anon and Nar-Anon also gave rise to two spin-off programs. Alateen and Narateen work to help teenagers who have a loved one struggling with the disease of addiction.
You can find a local Nar-Anon meeting here.
You can find a local Al-Anon meeting here.
NA encourages addicts to place their trust in a “higher power.” Though some addicts interpret this higher power to be their own conscience, a beloved family member, or a generalized force for good, other might be uncomfortable with the vaguely spiritual overtone. SMART Recovery offers a secular recovery model with a focus on the scientific method, and you can find the closest meeting to you here.
AA, like NA, isn't always the best choice for every addict working to recover. The Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) offers online drug and alcohol support groups here.
Addiction is a powerful, and potentially deadly, disease. Left untreated, addiction can destroy your life. No matter which treatment option you pursue, you need to seek treatment soon, since addiction's course is unpredictable. Denial, though, is a powerful drug in its own right that can convince you everything is okay when it most assuredly is not. If you think you're not an addict, ask yourself the below questions. If you answer yes to more than three or four, you probably have an addiction: