Make an appointment with a doctor
to discuss it as a medical problem.
Find out when support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous
(AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), meet. These self-help groups help members
get sober and stay that way. Call Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous
for the times of scheduled meetings.
Ask another person if he or she would accept help. Don't
give up after the first "no"—keep asking. If he or she agrees, act that very
day to arrange for help. If you are supporting another person, attend a few meetings of Al-Anon, a support group for
family members and friends of alcoholics. Read some 12-step program
Provide support for another person during
detoxification or other treatment.
set up community services in the home, if needed. Older adults may benefit from
such community services as home care, nutritional programs, transportation
programs, and other services.
Help with decision-making. Many people with substance abuse problems are unable to process information or
effectively communicate their decisions.
out what services are available in your area.
Discuss the need for a referral to your
employee assistance program with your human resources department, if you have
the service available.
If you are supporting a teen, go to the website
http://drugstrategies.org/teens/programs for information about teen drug
treatment programs across the United States.
Contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) online at www.samhsa.gov/about/csat.aspx for information about treatment programs in
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor to
evaluate your symptoms if your alcohol or drug problem becomes more frequent or
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