You’re here because you care about someone who might be struggling with substance use. You might be worried and feeling your own pain related to their substance use. The Helpline is here to help you and your loved one.
Does your loved one have substance use disorder?
Some people will say they are struggling with substance use. Others might keep it to themselves, or not even know they have a problem. It’s helpful to know a bit about addiction and its impacts.
Do they want help?
Addiction is a complicated disease. Some people struggling with addiction want help, and they might have tried treatment before. Other times, people are not ready to seek help – even when you see how much addiction is hurting them.
How can I help?
Call the Helpline at 800.327.5050 to get information and referrals tailored to you and your loved one. Helpline specialists are available 8am-10pm Mon-Fri, and 8am-6pm weekends.
Whether or not someone is ready to seek treatment, there are ways you can support them:
Learn more about how you can help someone
There are helpful steps you can take to support someone – and actions to avoid.
Seek support for yourself
If you care for someone struggling with addiction, it’s also important to take care of yourself. Whether or not someone is in treatment, support groups and online communities can help you.
Take steps to prevent overdose
If the person you care about is using heroin or prescription opioids (like oxycodone or Vicodin®), you can learn how to avoid overdose. You can also stop an overdose with naloxone (Narcan®).