Supporting someone with an alcohol or other drug problem
Having an alcohol or other drug problem not only affects the person with the
Learn ways to cope and set boundaries
These are essential for people who care for those misusing substances. Boundary setting, in particular, helps the carer to provide appropriate support as well as a minimising the impact of harmful consequences associated with substance misuse behaviour.
Learn about why people misuse alcohol and other drugs, and the effects the specific drug has on the body and mind. The Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) 1300 13 1340 is a good starting point and can offer plenty of information and resources as well as counselling support.
It is important to talk about your feelings and concerns, especially with people you can relate to and who can relate to you in a
Keep expectations realistic
Usually, the carers are the first to feel concerned and anxious when it comes to alcohol and other drug problems. The person with the problem may not recognise their use as a problem and could be reluctant to get help. Their readiness for change can’t be forced or controlled. It’s something they will do when they are ready. The key is to be consistent with your boundaries, provide encouragement, guidance, information about what treatment is available and support when they are ready to take that first step.