Concerns About a Loved One

North Country Addictions Resource Center

How do you know if a loved one has a problem with drugs or alcohol?

If you are viewing this page you likely know that something is wrong. You may notice a change in the way a loved one behaves or changes in how the entire family interact. Or you may know that your loved one is using alcohol or other drugs, but is it addiction?

The disease of addiction is characterized by the compulsion to use alcohol or other drugs despite harmful consequences. Substance Use Disorder is a complex yet treatable condition that impacts not just the individual but impacts the entire family


Some Options for Family Members- Family to Family Resource Guide FOR-NY

  • Talk to an experienced professional who specializes in addiction.
  • Talk to your family about the dangers of substance use in your home, during meals, in the car, at the game. Always keep lines of communication open.
  • Listen to what people are saying.
  • Educate yourself on the disease of addiction and explain that it is progressive and chronic.
  • Be a positive role model.
  • Find support for you and your family.
  • Invite your loved one into a conversation about options available for them.

Taking Care of Yourself

You can’t be there for your family member if you don’t take care of yourself first. Taking care of yourself is essential to your own health, as well as the well-being of your addicted loved one and your entire family.

All outpatient clinics licensed by The Office of Addiction Support and Services (OASAS) can provide education, support and/or treatment to family members, regardless of whether or not your loved one is engaged in treatment. Use the directory below to find local resources.

Mutual aid support groups are also invaluable resources for support and recovery. Use the directory link below to find local support groups.