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Let's Talk: How YOU Can Help

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Sara Bellum

Here’s a tough one: what can you do if someone you know has a problem with drugs or alcohol? You want to help. But how do you know the best thing to say or the best time to say it? Were you ever at a party with a friend who’d had a few too many beers and then insisted on driving you both home? Did you get in the passenger seat and hope for the best, or did you refuse? Did you take the car keys away before he could hurt himself or anyone else? Or did you choose not to confront him? Or, have you ever turned to a family member or another adult you trusted to help you help a friend with a drug or alcohol problem? If you’ve had an experience like this and want to share how you handled it, or what resources you turned to, you might be able to help other teens who find themselves in the same situation. You can write your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. Don’t forget that you can always respond to questions we’ve asked before. Just drop us a comment. We always look forward to hearing from you!

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It really takes all the help you can get from family and friends. It is a tough road to go it alone but it can be done it you really are in it to help the person in your life that is struggling with a alcohol or drug problem. Would love to share my situation here.

Realy good information. It's very helpful!

My mom has a wicked alcohol addiction, I can't seem to get her to face it but sometimes every 20 minutes she will take off to go get another bottle. Leaving me worried is she drinking and driving? She hides it from me. So hard to tell.


Your mom needs professional help, please take care of yourself because you can worry yourelf to death, I know my mom did over my brother. Good luck