Family & Friends Support Group
SIGNS THERE COULD BE A SUBSTANCE USE PROBLEM
- Does the person use substances more frequently, in larger amounts, or for longer periods than intended?
- Has the person tried to stop using substances and found it difficult or impossible?
- Do they spend a lot of time or energy on obtaining, using, or recovering from substance use?
- Has the person experienced negative mental, emotional, or physical symptoms from trying to quit?
- Does the person report craving or feeling like they "have to" use the substance?
- Do they continue to use substances, even when they experience consequences or additional problems as a result of their use?
- Have they changed friends, activities, or values in a negative way?
If the answer to any of these questions is "yes", then the person may want help. Substance use issues can present in a variety of ways, and can require different approaches to support
HOW TO TALK TO A LOVED ONE
- Try to talk to your friend or loved one when they are sober. If they are intoxicated, they may be less receptive.
- Be careful not to judge. Remember, your loved one may be dealing with a disease, and blaming or criticizing has never been known to cure an illness.
- Honestly share how you feel. "I" statements generally feel less threatening and are harder to argue.
- Offer to help. Many people struggling with substance use feel alone or like no one understands.
- Ask a friend. If you know someone in recovery, consider arranging for them to speak with your loved one.
IF THEY WANT HELP
- Suggest they talk to a professional
- Offer to help them find treatment options that will work for them
- Offer to accompany them to a support meeting
- Suggest they speak with a friend in recovery
- Remember, there are resources available for those looking for help. Click this link to go to our resources page.
IF THEY DON'T WANT HELP
Sometimes, the person you are worried about doesn't share your concern. That can be difficult, but remember, you have still planted a seed, and your continued concern might encourage change. Give them space and let them know you are there to help.
TIPS TO HELP
- When your friend or family member wants to hangout, suggest places that don't serve alcohol
- Don't offer your friend alcohol, lend them money, or engage in other enabling behaviors
- Offer the name and number of someone who has experience with substance use and recovery
- If you are seriously concerned about the person's safety, consider approaching a professional for help
- Look for a support group for friends and family
YOU CAN GET HELP TOO!
There are support systems for you too. Al-Anon is a community for friends and family of people with substance use problems. You can also come in and talk to us!
WE OFFER A SUPPORT GROUP FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF A LOVED ONE SUFFERING FROM AN ADDICTION
EVERY 2ND AND 4TH TUESDAY EVENING AT 7:00PM
January9th and 23rd7:00pm
February13th and 27th7:00pm
March13th and 27th7:00pm
April10th and 24th7:00pm
Meetings are held on the South CampusKennesaw State University
Joe Mack Wilson Student Center
860 Rossbacher Way, Room A271
Marietta, GA 30060
For more information contact Jeff Earle, LMSW at firstname.lastname@example.org