Preventing Substance Impaired Driving and Child Endangerment

Facing Addiction and Managing Addicts

Facing addiction can be as tough for family and friends as it is for the addict. Here are some tips to help you handle this tough situation: • Admit the truth. Acknowledge that the person has a problem and may be an addict. • Learn about addiction. The more you understand about addiction, the better you will be able to cope with the addict, your family, and yourself. • Don’t blame yourself. Don’t allow the

addict or anyone else to blame you for their addiction. You neither caused it nor can cure it. • Continue with your own life. Don’t allow

Don’t blame yourself.

someone’s addiction to control your life. Pursue life activities that are meaningful to you and your family. • Seek assistance. Encourage the person to enter a treatment program. Regardless of the response, consider seeking out a program to help yourself. You will meet others who live with addicts and learn ways to cope with them. A counselor or programs like Al-Anon or Nar-Anon , which are programs for families of alcohol or drug addicts, may be able to help you know how to address the problem.


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