Someone You Care About Have a Problem with
Alcohol and/or Drugs?
Being close to someone with an alcohol and/or drug problem is
a difficult situation. You may feel a wide range of feelings … alone,
angry, tired, hopeless, afraid or concerned. There are many resources
in the Austin community to help get you the information you need
and the support to take action.
Tools to Assess Others
Assessment tools do not provide a diagnosis of alcohol or drug abuse,
alcohol or drug dependence or any other medical condition. The information
provided here cannot substitute for a full evaluation by a health
professional, and should only be used as a guide to understanding
your family member or friend's alcohol and/or drug use and the potential
health issues involved with it.
Is my child using?
If you're a parent concerned about your child's alcohol and/or drug use.
What are the warning signs?
Wondering if a loved one has a substance abuse problem?
Find out the warning signs that indicate someone is using alcohol
What To Do
How can I get someone to stop using?
Although you probably want the substance use to stop as soon as
possible, immediate abstinence has certain risks, including withdrawal
symptoms with serious medical consequences. Many people need to
be admitted to a detoxification center to help them physically
Even if detoxification is not necessary, a formal, structured
treatment program is often vital for sustained abstinence. A healthcare
professional or addiction counselor can help you and the person
in need assess your options.
How does substance abuse affect the entire family?
How much a family is affected by a substance use problem depends
on how long they have lived with it, how advanced it is, how much
shame and secrecy surround it, and the roles and responsibilities
of the person with the disorder. If the problem is left untreated,
family members will also develop destructive behaviors, such as
denial, enabling, and co-dependency.
How are you affected by your loved one's drinking?
See how his or her drinking is affecting you.
Who To Call
There are a number of resources available for families to get help.
a Twelve Step program, whose meetings are readily available in the
Austin community, provides support and guidance for family members
and friends, whether their loved one accepts treatment or refuses
to get help.
Other resources on this website you can consider are interventionists,
and treatment centers/programs. If you need assistance choosing
the right resource, call 512-981-6572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
While most treatment centers have family programs for their clients, most of them do not open their family program to the public. Here is a program open to the public.
The Arbor Family Program is a three and a half day intensive for anyone in the community who wants a life changing experience that offers hope and healing to families affected by addiction. It is not necessary to have a loved one in treatment at The Arbor to be able to participate.
For more information see our website at the link above or contact:
Amy Alden, LCDCi
Family Program Manager