For a Friend

If you are in danger or this is a medical emergency please call 911 immediately!

If you are having thoughts of wanting to harm yourself in any way please call: National Suicide Hotline- 1-800-SUICIDE

or Center for Health Care Services Crisis Hot Line (Children and Adults) Contact Telephone: 800-316-9241 or  210-223-7233.


Getting help for a friend…


 1) How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?

If they continue to use drugs or alcohol despite the negative consequences. If they have problems with relationships, financial, social, and physical or problems at work as a result of his or her drinking or drug use, he or she could be addicted.

2) What’s the best way to approach them?

Let them know your concerns and you would be willing to go with them to get help. Your loved one might give excuses for his or her behavior or get angry. They may also be in denial about their problem. Give them specific examples of their behavior that has been a cause for concern.

Do show that you love and care.

Don’t preach to them; lecture, threaten, moralize or bribe.

3) My friend only drinks or uses drugs on weekends, is he or she an alcoholic or addicted?

Alcoholism and addiction is a chronic disease and is not defined by how much or when the individual uses alcohol or drugs. The important thing to remember is what problems occur when he or she drinks or uses drugs. Are they in trouble legally? Problems financially, at home, at work or physical problems, if yes then it might be time to get help.


For more information, click here to visit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.


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