Tips to help someone with their drug and alcohol use, including how to look after yourself.
It can feel difficult to support someone who is struggling with recreational drug or alcohol use. It might make you feel worried, frustrated or lonely. But there are things you can do to help.
This might include encouraging them to seek help for the first time. Our page on support for drugs, alcohol and mental health has information on different support options.
If you are supporting someone seeking help for the first time, you could:
If they already receive treatment or support, you could help them stick to their treatment plan, go to appointments and meet their targets.
As well as helping them find treatment and support, these are some ways to help someone feel supported:
If you are a parent concerned about your child's drug use, the charity Adfam has information for parents supporting children who use recreational drugs.
Sometimes it’s the people looking after others who need care and understanding themselves.
Supporting someone else can have a big impact on your own life. By looking after yourself, you might also find it easier to offer support to others.
These are some things you can do to help yourself:
This information was published in June 2022. We will revise it in 2025.
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