Talking to the person in a calm and non-judgemental way can be a good place to start. Be very careful how you do this as alcohol and drugs can be sensitive topics to bring up. Try to make sure the person is not intoxicated before you begin any conversation.
If you want to you can call The Alcohol Drug Helpline (0800 787 797) to discuss helpful options for your situation. If you decide to talk with the person you are concerned about, you can also discuss ways you can approach the person that are safe for both of you.
You could encourage the person you’re concerned about to call The Alcohol Drug Helpline or another agency, or visit this and/or other websites. If you feel able to make the commitment, let them know that you’re willing to make yourself available should they want to talk with someone.
Do remember that you cannot fix the person. Each person has their own reasons for using alcohol or other drugs, and it is important that any treatment they receive is from someone skilled in the task. No-one can make someone stop using alcohol or other drug, however, you can encourage them to make positive changes.
Your support will not always be welcomed by the individual. At times you may be severely tested, but try to hang in there. When family or people in other significant relationships are truly supportive, this can increase the chances of that person successfully making positive changes to their alcohol and/or drug use.
You are not alone! If you’re concerned about someone in your life, don’t keep it to yourself. Talk with someone you trust and call The Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797.