Substance Use Disorder is not a choice.

Things like family history, genetic risk, trauma, or a stressful environment can increase vulnerability. Some people are simply more susceptible than others.

Substances can take away your loved one’s voice. Speak up.

If you suspect your friend or loved one might have a developing substance problem, you may have already noticed one or more of these signs:

  • Hanging out with a new or different crowd, letting go of old friendships

  • Lack of concern about physical appearance

  • Missing school or work

  • Losing interest in hobbies

  • Different sleeping or eating habits

  • Increased tension with friends and family members

Ask your loved one these questions. If they answer “yes” to one or multiple, it might be time they speak to a professional about their substance use.

  1. Have you ever ridden in a car with someone who had been using substances? Have you ever driven a car after using substances?

  2. Do you use alcohol or other substances to relax at the end of the day?

  3. Do you ever drink alcohol or use substances when you’re by yourself?

  4. Do your family or friends seem concerned about your substance use?

If you want to help your friend, share resources, including this page, and encourage them to speak to a professional provider. For immediate help: