If someone has a problem with alcohol, other drugs, or gambling, it can become a problem for many people. Many people around the person who has the problem can be affected. Often friends, coworkers, and loved ones can see a problem developing before the person with the problem sees it.
Talk to the person about your concerns. If willing to get help, support the person. Take the person to a 12-Step meeting like Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, or Gam-Anon. The SMART Recovery Program is a free, self-help support group.
If you are concerned about someone’s alcohol use, other drug use, or gambling, there is help. The person you are concerned about might not be ready to admit there is a problem and might refuse help. There are still steps you can take toward positive change. Think about these steps:
Take care of yourself to help you, your family, and the person with the problem.
To find out how to get help and make a change or to find an addiction services office, call the 24-hour Help Line at 1-866-332-2322 (Alberta only).
Current as of: May 18, 2022
Author: Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services
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