Starting the conversation

Talking to someone about addiction treatment can feel intimidating, but that conversation could help someone break free of the chains of their substance abuse. In this guide, you will find helpful advice on the following areas:

How are you involved?

Learn about different types of relationships that commonly occur when someone is struggling with addiction. We provide a variety of examples to help identify situations where you can relate.

How do you prepare?

Planning that conversation means setting realistic expectations and anticipating the other person’s reaction. How do you respond if they act offended or in denial? Learn how to navigate the dynamics of that conversation.

What can you offer?

Regardless of how the person responds, consider offering a first step. Find out how to begin the process of getting an assessment and researching treatment options.