When Someone You Know...
...May be Struggling with Substance Use
It takes courage and strength to face up to any type of addiction, whether it’s alcohol, drugs, nicotine, gambling, the internet, or self-injury. But no matter how bad the addiction or how powerless you feel, there is hope and help available. Don’t give up, even if you’ve tried and failed before. You don’t have to wait until you hit rock bottom; you can make a change at any time.
Recovery is a process, and there’s bound to be some bumps in the road. But you can overcome your addiction by learning how to cope in ways that are constructive rather than destructive to yourself and others
What May Help
The first steps in recovery are recognizing that there is a problem and admitting that help is necessary. Treatment might involve detoxification, medical and/or nutritional screening, and behavior modification.
- Make an appointment at the Counseling and Resource Center to meet with a professional counselor, who can provide a screening, listen, offer feedback, and provide referrals to treatment resources.
- Make an appointment with your physician.
- Call Washington Recovery Help Line for support, information, and referral: 1.866.789.1511.
- Consider a self-directed 12-Step program, like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
- If someone you care about is struggling with addiction, you may consider a family support group such as Al-Anon Groups for your own support.
- Washington Recovery Help Line for free, confidential support, crisis intervention and referrals to treatment: 1.866.789.1511
- SAMHSA's Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is an online source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the U.S. for substance use and/or mental health concerns.
- Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Substance Abuse Treatment Services may assist you with paying for treatment and recovery services
- Local AA meetings may be found here: Alcoholics Anonymous
- Local NA meetings may be found here: Narcotics Anonymous
- A family member in need of support, local meetings may be found here: Al-Anon Groups
- More information about substance use may be found here: Helpguide.org
- Interested in smoking cessation, information may be found here: Smokefree.gov and Quit Tobacco in Washington State