Substance Abuse Help is Here
If someone you love is struggling with a substance abuse disorder, you may be wondering how you can help. There are many steps you can take to help a loved one, or even yourself, deal with the process of healing and recovering from a substance-abuse disorder.
- Express your concern without passing judgment - If you show your loved one you are willing to help them get better, you create a loving environment for them to get better in, making the healing process easier.
- Be empathic, and have compassion - Remind your loved one you are on their side, and you’re ready to help them get better no matter what.
- Help keep track of prescriptions and refills - Many major pharmacies offer applications for iOS or Android devices. Consider signing up for these services together.
- Be aware of the dangers of an overdose - Learn the signs and symptoms of a drug overdose and the steps you can take to encourage your loved one to look for help in times when they need it most.
Always remember to read prescription labels carefully to learn the proper dosage. The key to understanding substance abuse is knowledge.
Did you know?
In 2011, Connecticut passed the Good Samaritan Law to protect people who call 911 in the event of a drug overdose from arrest for drugs or drug-related paraphernalia. In 2014, Connecticut passed an addendum which protects anyone administering Narcan in response to an overdose from civil liability or prosecution.