R.I.P. February 11, 2012
I came across a wonderful resource that provides tips on how to help friends and/or family members dealing with substance abuse. I am no expert. However, I've had experience in college with counseling fellow peers on substance abuse. As medical student, I've also spoken to countless patients and their families who are battling with substance abuse and addiction, whether it be alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco to harder drugs such as heroin, meth, and cocaine. So, after reviewing the resource, I feel it's a great overview for helping loved ones in need. But I will say the first step in helping those plagued with substance abuse, but the most difficult is finding the courage to talk to them...
The link to the resource is provided below, but I have also included the information in its entirety in the "Wellness" section (as the information is quite extensive).
If you know someone who is dealing with substance abuse, think about how you can help. By no means, do I think just by talking to someone you can magically change their lives. But I do believe in planting the seed. Hope heals...so hold on to the hope that your courage to say something will be their starting point.
link: How to Help a Friend