Monday, October 27, 2014

Recognizing and Helping with Alcohol/Drug Problem

Many of us may know of someone who is at any stage of drug using. Because many people who chose to experiment drugs often think they are in control of the amount of drugs/alcohol that they are consuming, it is usually very difficult for these people to understand that they have a problem with drugs or alcohol unless someone tells them about it.

As friends and families, we should be on the lookout for the warning signs of the drug/alcohol abuse problem, such as constantly relying on drugs to have fun, relieve stress or relax(not only to get "high"), having blackouts, dropping grades, losing interests in activities that they used to love, and lying to get the money for more drugs. If you know someone who has drug abuse problem and are looking for help, there are websites and contact info for information on drug and recovery included in this article at the end.

Now that you know how to recognize someone's alcohol/drug abuse problem, what are things that you can do to help them? Also besides the do's what are some don't's regarding coping with this problem?


  1. In order to help someone with an alcohol/drug problem, it's probably best to simply be there for them. Talk to them, hang out with them, and be a positive influence on that person. Also, you may help lead them to get other help through AA or NA. You don't want to make a huge deal about their problem by telling everyone; it's important, but some privacy is needed. Additionally, you shouldn't leave them alone for long periods of time. Make sure to check in with them frequently, as they might need more help than you think.

    1. I agree with Jenna I wouldn't want to leave someone how is an addict alone for to long, it would be best to be with them at all times.

  2. I agree with Jenna as well because leaving someone alone when they are an alcoholic or a drug attic is very scary because a lot of things go through their head including suicidal thoughts. Checking on them all the time and being there with them as much as possible.