Don’t fight your battles alone – understanding substance abuse

The misuse of substance such as drugs and alcohol can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, social and income status, or lifestyle.

If you believe that a family member, loved one, or close friend has a substance use disorder, show that person you care by reassuring them you are trustworthy and can assist them if needed. If you suspect your child is misusing substances, immediate intervention is key to finding suitable treatment. When approaching a loved one who is misusing substances, consider these tips:

• It is not your job to change anyone or treat an individual with a substance use disorder yourself.
• An individual must be willing to seek treatment.
• If a minor child has a usage disorder, the parents or guardians are responsible for seeking treatment for them.

Resources are available:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism:

Drug & Alcohol Use Disorder Information:
Alcoholics Anonymous:



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