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How To Help Your Loved One Recover From Substance Abuse

The addict and alcoholic who is still suffering in their addiction can feel pretty powerless over their disease. But as the friend or family member of a substance abuser, you, too, can feel absolutely powerless when watching your loved one suffer, knowing there’s not much you can do. You probably feel overwhelmed and frustrated.

Hold on to hope! Now is the time to educate yourself on the disease of addiction and get the proper support you need.

Substance Abuse Help

What now?

Attend a 12-step fellowship for yourself. There’s Al-Anon (sister program of AA), if your loved one suffers from alcoholism, and Nar-Anon (sister program of NA), if your loved one struggles with drug addiction. This is the best place for you to go to learn more about the disease of addiction, alcoholism, and how you can help support your loved one on the road to recovery as well as yourself.

Addiction Education: Awareness, Prevention, & Intervention

Educating yourself on the disease of addiction will help you not only better understand what your loved one is going through, but also help you help them.

Here are some popular articles that may assist you on your journey into recovery:

Addiction Resources

Articles for family/friends of addicts and alcoholics that provide information, resources, and support.

Stories Of Hope

Recovery-related stories of those who share their past, present, and hopes for the future, now that they have discovered recovery. Stories are shared from addicts/alcoholics and their family members.


Kids don’t have a drug problem yet, but you would like to prevent one? Here’s a simple guide to help prevent future drug addiction and alcoholism problems for your loved one.


Suggestions and tools to successfully plan and hold a substance abuse intervention with your loved one.

Life Savers Program

The Life Savers Program provides information, resources, support, prevention and intervention services for those who are dealing with someone in active addiction.


Drug abuse, addiction, problem drinking, and alcoholism can be very confusing. Trying to determine if you or your loved one has crossed the line into addiction can be even more confusing. You do not have to do this alone and there are people out there who not only share your experience, but found a way out of the destruction. If you would like to speak with a professional about possible treatment for a substance abuse problem call our 24/7 addiction crisis helpline:1-800-439-5959. We are here for you.

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