Helping A Loved One

Take steps to help those you love who are struggling with substance misuse, addiction or recovery

If you know a loved one who is misusing drugs or drinking too much—or perhaps someone deeply entangled in addiction—you may wonder what you can do to help them. Or, perhaps someone you love is in recovery, and you want to do what you can to help them have a long and successful recovery. Fortunately, there are many Actions you can take, starting with exploring some of the best websites developed by well-respected, trustworthy non-profit organizations.

Actions YOU Can Take

Explore the Addiction Resource Center website to discover tools and resources to help those you love.

The Addiction Resource Center has excellent materials for people who are struggling with substance misuse or addiction as well as for those who care about them.

Find a support group for families & friends of a loved one who is struggling with Substance Use Disorder (not specific to opioids or drug addiction).

You are not alone. Countless people are feeling the pressure and wide range of emotions and practical challenges that are experienced when a loved one struggling with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). One of the best things you can do is to find a group of people who can relate to what you’re dealing with and who can share the lessons they’ve learned and the resources they’ve found. By participating in a group designed specifically to help people in your situation, you can be stronger to help those you love. Explore these groups and find the most appropriate one to help you.

Take steps to participate in a peer-led family support group

Two new family support groups can become a lifeline for you. Explore these two and see if one might be a fit for you.
Families Strong, a project of the Addiction Policy Forum, is a peer-led support group developed to for families impacted by substance use disorder. Families Strong helps family members develop self-care, build social supports, and learn effective motivational strategies for interacting with a loved one who is struggling with a substance use disorder.
The program modifies the evidence-based, mental health, professional-led model and makes it more accessible and sustainable by engaging peers in leading the support groups.  Take action today by learning more about Families Strong at

The Shatterproof Family Program is an innovative program co-led by clinicians who have experience in SUD treatment/recovery and by parents or family members who have lived experience with substance use disorder. Learn more at: