What you should know…

1aIt’s difficult to help a love one struggling with substance misuse. It is not uncommon for a person to be unable to recognize the true impact substance misuse is having on their lives. They may not recognize the negative effects their behavior has on themselves and others.


2aIntervening in someone’s substance use can occur at any time. The goal of intervention is to reduce the harm related with substance misuse and provide your love one with an opportunity to make changes before their addiction progresses further.



3aA professional can help assess the extent of the substance misuse and make recommendations for treatment. Professionals can be found at your primary care provider’s office, a school Student Assistant Program, your Employee Assistance Program or many community-based organizations throughout Greater Manchester listed in this guide.



As with any disease, it is not a sign of weakness to admit that you or a loved one needs help. Asking for help is a sign of courage and a first step towards recovery.


5If your loved one is not ready to accept help, you can find help for yourself by learning more about addiction and accessing community support services.