Helping someone with a drinking or drug problem
The most helpful thing you can do for someone with a substance
abuse problem is be supportive. Overcoming addiction and changing
behavior is much easier to do with the help of others. Here are
some tips for helping someone you know who may have a drinking
or drug problem.
- Show--and tell!-- your genuine concern for the other person.
- Maintain the offensive: do not let the other person put you on
the defensive about your own drinking.
- Confront behaviors, not values.
- Know the basic facts about alcohol or drugs, but do not try to
come across as an expert.
- Convey the idea that you are available for support or information
to help them deal with the situation.
- Try to get the person to agree to some form of positive action,
such as seeking counselling, speaking to a doctor, cutting back
on use, or stopping for at least a specific time period.