Having a loved one struggling with substance use can be overwhelming. Your desire to help absolutely comes from the right place, but it can feel impossible to know what do or how to help. Saying the wrong thing, or bringing the wrong attitude, always has the possibility to do more harm than good, since the person is most likely at a super volatile place. But the fear and concern of leaving them without support is just as real. Ultimately, if you have a friend in need and can help, you should. Still, substance use often leaves its victims separating themselves from friends entirely.

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