Addiction resources

USC’s Center for Work and Family Life (CWFL) can point you toward numerous resources designed to help you live a healthier, happier life. An assortment of books and other information on popular topics are referenced below. For specific questions or guidance, contact CWFL directly at (213) 821-0800.

For USC faculty, staff and their benefits-eligible dependents, CWFL is a confidential source for assessment, education, support, and consultation on addictions including:

  • Alcohol dependence
  • Drug abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Gambling addiction
  • Pornography or sex addiction

CWFL staff consider identification of and help for addictions to be their first priority for USC faculty, physicians, nurses, and all other staff. Contact them at (213) 590-8045 for a free, confidential, non-judgmental consultation, whether you are concerned for yourself or for someone in your life.

12 Step Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous, is a 12-step program that offers a process of recovery from alcoholism. USC provides a home to 12-step groups in the University Religious Center. Several AA and other 12-step program meetings are held each week, and they provide a solution to anyone who is curious, baffled, desperate, or hopeless regarding their drinking or substance abuse. The meetings are open to the public but provide an anonymous environment in which people can turn their lives around. Contact

Al-Anon family groups are not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization or institution. Anonymity is a foundational principle – whom you see and what you hear stay within the confines of the meeting. Al-Anon has one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. They do this by practicing the 12 steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by offering understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic. This group meets Mondays from noon-1pm near UPC. For more information, contact Norma Jean at (323) 791-7564 or Susan at (626) 627-6492.

Alcoholics Anonymous “Big Book”: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism (1976). New York: AA World Series, Inc.

Johnson, Vernon (1980). I’ll Quit Tomorrow: A Practical Guide to Alcoholism Treatment. New York: Harper & Row.

Milam, James Robert, & K. Ketcham (1981). Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism. Seattle: Madrona Publishers.

Pinkham, Mary Ellen (1986). How to Stop the One You Love from Drinking. New York: GP Putnam & Sons.

Prochaska, James, J. Norcross, & C. DiClementi (1994). Changing for Good. New York: Avon Books.

Schaefer, Dick (1987). Choices and Consequences. Minneapolis, MN: Johnson Institute.

Schierse, Leonard, & L. Schierse (1989). Witness to the Fire: Creativity and the Veil of Addiction. Boston: Shambhala Publications.

Dealing with others’ addictions

Beattie, Melody (1987). Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself. San Francisco: Hazelden.

Black, Claudia (1981). It Will Never Happen to Me. Denver: M.A.C. Printing & Publishing.

Cermak, Timmen, & J. Rutzky (1994). A Time to Heal Workbook: Stepping-Stones to Recovery for Adult Children of Alcoholics. New York: Putnam.

DiClemente, Carlo (2003). Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover. New York: Guilford Press.

Mellody, Pia. Facing Codependence (1989). San Francisco: Harper & Row.

Sommers, Suzanne. Keeping Secrets (1988). New York: Warner Brothers. (A first-person account about being an adult child of an alcoholic)

Woititz, Janet Geringer. (1983). Adult Children of Alcoholics: Expanded Edition. Deerfield Beach, Fl: Health Communications, Inc.

Woititz, Janet Geringer (1985). Struggle for Intimacy. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications.

Eating disorders

Bulik, Cynthia, & N. Taylor (2005). Runaway Eating: The 8 Point Plan to Conquer Adult Food and Weight Obsessions. Rodale Press.

Lock, James, & D. le Grange (2005). Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder. New York: Guilford Press.

Mellin, Laurel (1997). The Solution: 6 Winning Ways to Permanent Weight Loss. New York: HarperCollins.

Roth, Geneen (1991). When Food is Love: Exploring the Relationship between Eating and Intimacy. New York: NAL-Dutton.

Roth, Geneen (1982). Feeding the Hungry Heart. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill.

Zerbe, Kathryn (1993). The Body Betrayed: A Deeper Understanding of Women, Eating Disorders, and Treatment. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press.