Tips for Intervening with a Loved One

It isn’t easy to get up the courage to talk to someone about drug use — especially if it’s someone you really care about. Here are some ways to get your conversation going:

Start off by talking about how you feel.

  • “I care about you.”
  • “I feel like you’ve been distant lately.”
  • “I’m worried about your health. You don’t look well.”

Ask if it’s okay to talk about their drug use.

  • “I know this can be a hard thing to face. Is it okay if we talk about it?”
  • “You said you feel like you’re losing it. Want to talk about it?”
  • “We could talk about some ways to get help. Would you be into that?”
  • “I know you’re in a lot of pain. Do you want to talk about some other ways to get your pain under control?”

Offer support.

  • “How can I support you?”
  • “I know this is going to be a long road, but I’m here for you.”
  • “When you feel like using, call me.”
  • “Do you want to talk about what to do next?”

Talk about next steps.

  • “You seem to have some good ideas for how to get help. What can I do to make this process easier?”
  • “You mentioned Narcotics Anonymous and calling a hotline. Which of those seems like a good next step?”
  • “It seems like you’re interested in going to talk to someone together. I’d be happy to go with you.”
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