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How To Support Someone Struggling With Substance Use

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2020, 14.5% of the population aged 12 and older (or 40.3 million people in total) had a substance use disorder in the past year. That equates to just under one in every seven people—meaning that if you know at least seven people, the odds are good that you know someone who has struggled with substance use.

If you’ve ever watched a friend or family member struggle with substance use, you know how difficult—even heartbreaking—that experience can be. Often, people want to help but don’t know how, or end up accidentally alienating their loved one in the process. Trying to find the right words to say or choosing the right moment to bring up the topic can feel like a delicate balancing act—one with extremely high stakes.

How To Help Someone With a Substance Use Disorder

While helping someone who is battling addiction is rarely easy, it’s almost always worth trying. Here, we’ve outlined a few guidelines and strategies for how to help someone with addiction:

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