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How can I tell if my loved one has a drinking and/or drug problem?

Unfortunately, your loved one will do everything possible to deny or hide the problem. Furthermore, you may get along with your loved one when he or she is sober, but under the influence of substance abuse, they act out and get into fights.

What are some warning signs of substance abuse problem?

Drinking or abusing drugs on a regular basis and lying about how often he or she is using. Giving up former activities, such as sports and homework. Feelings of hopelessness, depression, or suicidal thoughts. Breaking the law, such as drinking while driving. Believing alcohol and/or drugs are necessary to have fun.

Without help what can my loved one's substance abuse problem lead to?

The serious nature of the problem can be life-threatening. They might develop psychological problems and serious physical problems such as liver damage and brain damage.

Why can't my loved ones get help themselves?

People do not want to admit that they have a problem, especially for young people who believe they are invincible.

What can I do to help?

Just talk, never accuse your loved one about his/her problem. Prepare yourself for anger and denial. Offer support and guidance as he/she begin to realize the extent of the problem. Do not force your love one to get treatment, but encourage them to seek professional help.