Help a Loved One

How to Help a Substance Addict

helping-a-substance-abuser If you think that someone you love is addicted to substances, it is important to handle the situation carefully.

What to Take Note Before Talking to a Loved One

Before you talk to your loved one about seeking treatment, you need to approach him or her about the substance issue. It is important that you do not confront him or her in a way that will cause an argument. It is common for substance abusers to get angry easily, so you need to approach the situation with care.

It is natural to be afraid to approach your loved one about substance use, because of the uncertainty of how he or she will react. However, it could be a life-changing effort to your loved one, seeking help on substance abuse that he or she needs.


Are You the Parent of a Substance Abuser?

When you have a child struggling with substance abuse, attempting to handle it on your own can be overwhelming and eventually become your priority to help the child.

You do not have to do it alone. Live Chat with our counsellor, who can walk you step by step through your options. If you prefer a face-to-face session, you can walk-in to the Step-Up Centre to talk to our counsellor.


Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse and Substance Addiction

People who use substances tend to show signs of substance abuse in every aspect of their lives. Although different substances have different physical effects, the symptoms of addiction are similar. If you or your loved one display the following signs and symptoms of substance abuse and addiction, consider talking to us about your substance use.


Common signs and symptoms of substance abuse

  • You are neglecting your responsibilities at school, work, or home because of your substance use.
  • You are using substances under dangerous conditions or risking your life while feeling high.
  • Your substance use is getting you into legal trouble.
  • Your substance use is causing problems in your relationships.


Common signs and symptoms of substance addiction

  • You have built up a substance tolerance.
  • You take drugs to avoid or relieve the withdrawal symptoms.
  • You have lost control over your substance use.
  • Your life revolves around substance use.
  • You continue to use substances, despite knowing it is hurting you.


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