What To Do When a Loved One Has a Substance Abuse Problem?
It can be distressing to see the health and wellbeing of someone you're close to become affected by alcohol or drug abuse. While you can offer valuable support to your spouse, friend or family member who wants to overcome their problem, bear in mind that not all people will readily accept help, or even admit to having a problem.
As Illinois' largest provider of substance abuse treatment, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment understands you have a lot of questions. We realize you are looking for answers and want to know the next step in getting your spouse, friend or family member the help they need.
Recommendations from Gateway's substance abuse experts on how to help you and someone you care about:
- Understand the signs of alcohol and drug abuse. This is a good place get started. Or, you can contact Gateway to learn about our confidential consultation. The no-obligation consultation will help you better understand treatment options and next steps.
- Realize that as much as you may want to help someone, you can't force an individual to get treatment; but you can learn ways to encourage a person seek treatment.
- Recognize the importance of taking care of yourself. You can learn how to cope by educating yourself about substance abuse.
- Understand the treatment options that are available for substance abuse: