A National Directory of Drug Treatment Centers and Alcohol Treatment Centers, Therapists and Specialists. A free, simple directory providing assistance and guidance for those seeking help regarding alcohol addiction, drug addiction, dependency and many other conditions that affect the mind, body and soul.
Call 800-580-9104 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

Helping Someone With Alcohol or Drug Problem

If someone confides in you that he or she has a problem with alcohol or other drugs, some ways of dealing with this situation clearly work better than others. You should try to be:

  • Understanding – listen to reasons why he or she uses/ abuses alcohol or other drugs;
  • Firm – explain why you feel that use of alcohol or other drugs can be harmful, causing problems which require counseling and treatment;
  • Supportive – assist the user in finding help and provide moral support through the tough times ahead;
  • Self-examining – ask yourself whither you have provided a good role model.

Actions that you should avoid include being:

  • Sarcastic
  • Accusatory
  • Stigmatizing
  • Sympathy seeking for yourself, or
  • Self-blaming.
Alcohol or Drug addiction

Alcohol or drug problems can cause other severe problems.

Intervening in the case of a family member or friend who has a problem can be very difficult and hurtful. The person with the problem will most likely deny the problem and try to put you on the defensive – “I thought you were my friend.”; “Are you calling me a drunk?”; or “You’ve used drugs, where do you get off calling me an addict?”

In a case such as this, what you don’t do is as important as what you should do:

  • Avoid emotional appeals, which may only increase feelings of guilt and the compulsion to drink or use drugs.
  • Don’t cover up or make excuses for the person.
  • Don’t take over his or her responsibilities, which will leave the person with no sense of importance or dignity.
  • Don’t argue with the person when he or she is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Don’t hide or dump bottles nor shelter your loved one from situations where alcohol is present.
  • Above all, don’t accept responsibility for the person’s actions nor guilt for his or her drinking.

source: Steuben County Youth Bureau

More Treatment & Detox Articles

Ian Oliver: Legalising drugs would only make matters worse

Recently, A great deal of media attention has been focused on a call for the legalisation of drugs by a former civil servant who was responsible for the Cabinet’s anti-drug unit. In The Independent last week, Julian Critchley said that legalisation would be “less harmful than the current strategy” and that an “overwhelming majority of….

Continue reading

How Drug Addiction Treatment Can Change Your Life

how rehab works

If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs, considering treatment may be a last step resort and a decision that you’re just not quite ready to make yet. However, drug addiction treatment can and will change your life for the better if you’re willing to accept the help that is available to you,….

Continue reading

How Much Does Addiction Treatment Cost?

Addiction Treatment Program Cost

Determining how much addiction treatment will cost can require many different inputs and depending on the outcome, you could come up with a very wide figure range. For small time programs that involve only outpatient services, the cost of treatment may only be about $50-100 per session but for larger, intensive residential treatment programs or….

Continue reading

How group gave me strength to live with my alcoholic husband

alcoholic husband problems

She spent 30 years “wheedling, cajoling, arguing, fighting, threatening and blackmailing” her alcoholic husband. But it was only after attending a local Al-Anon Family Group, for the family and friends of alcoholics, that Mary* realised no one could stop her husband drinking except her husband himself. Mary, a former nurse in her 60s, and her….

Continue reading

Who Needs Crystal Meth Treatment?

One of the fastest growing drug problems and also one of the most dangerous epidemics in the United States is the use of crystal meth. Methamphetamine is a highly addictive street drug that was once only found to be prevalent in rural areas but can now be found dominating thousands of US cities and towns,….

Continue reading