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Supporting a Loved One

Encourage family members and friends to seek treatment.

A strong support network — including family members, friends, counselors, and health care providers — is an important part of recovery from addiction. Whether the person you care about has recently started using, is considering treatment, or is already in recovery, your support can help your loved one overcome an addiction.

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There are simple ways to learn about what a person dealing with substance use problems is going through and to show you care. Although you cannot solve someone else’s addiction, just being there can make a big difference in a friend or family member’s recovery.

Talking with a loved one about drug or alcohol use can be difficult, but it’s important to have this conversation. Click the links below to learn more about how you can support a friend or family member in various stages of recovery:

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has consolidated several online resources to help locate a local treatment center or provide further information on supporting a loved one.

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