Watching a close friend spiral into addiction can be emotionally devastating. When this happens, it's important to get help for your friend, but also for yourself. You need information so that you can better understand what is happening to your friend and to you personally; you need the social support and wisdom that groups like Al-Anon and Nar-Anon provide. If you're not sure where to turn, try some of the following resources.

Find Information

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association is a governmental agency that publishes an extensive set of factsheets, brochures, kits, and more about substance abuse, addiction, and mental health. They also maintain a searchable database of treatment centers so that you can find a treatment center near you. They also run a 24 hour treatment referral hotline. Find them online or call the hotline at 1-800-662-4357.

Calling local treatment centers can also be a good way to identify help for addicts, for yourself as a friend, and for the relatives of your friend.

Find Support

There are many groups intended to help friends of addicts recover from the mental and emotional damage caused by enduring a close friend's struggle with addiction. Many of these groups offer local, face-to-face meetings as well as online support through forums and podcasts. All of them provide a wealth of information on their websites.

You Might Like This:

Find Additional Professional Help

Don't hesitate to contact clergy or counselors who you trust for one-on-one counseling.

In addition, you may find it helpful to contact a professional interventionist for support in planning an intervention that will encourage your friend to enter treatment. ARISE Intervention is one model. According to an NIH study, the ARISE model successfully encouraged 83 percent of initially unwilling individuals to enter treatment centers.