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HOW TO BY SHELLEY FLANNERY

HOW TO

HELP A
LOVED
ONE WITH
ADDICTION
Chances are, you know
someone with a substance
use disorder. These five
steps could be lifesaving

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W IN TER 2019

Learn to Recognize
the Signs

The signs of addiction aren't always
obvious, particularly in the beginning.
And often, loved ones are the last to
recognize an issue, not believing
addiction could affect someone so
close to them.
"It's definitely possible to miss it," says
Saxon, citing a close co-worker who had
a substance use problem. "I didn't see it.
And I'm supposed to be an expert."

PHOTO AND ICONS BY GETTY IMAGES

One in 14 people ages 12 and older had a substance use disorder in the past year, according to a
2017 survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration. That's 19.7 million Americans,
and you probably know at least one of them, though you
might not realize it.
"Most families have some relative or friend who has had a
problem," says Andrew J. Saxon, MD, chair of the American
Psychiatric Association's Council on Addiction Psychiatry. "The
problem is very common, and it has very serious effects on
one's health, including death."
Drug-related deaths are at an all-time high-largely because
of the opioid crisis-according to the National Institute on
Drug Abuse, making it more important than ever to help people who are struggling with addiction. Here's how.



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