Recognizing Alcohol & Drug Addiction : How to Help an Addict

Recognizing Alcohol & Drug Addiction : How to Help an Addict


Hi, my name is John DePalma from New York
City on behalf of Expert Village I’m here today to help you recognize drug and alcohol
addiction. There are many things to do if you know an alcoholic or a drug addict. The
most important thing is to try not to be straight forward, try the easier softer way. Usually
coming right at them will make them defensive and make them run away. It might be helpful
to use some pamphlets, you know lay some pamphlets around the house. I know that always works,
it worked for me. I know a lot of people that it did work for, that’s the easier softer
way. Let them read it on their own, a lot of times an alcoholic or an addict will tend
to believe that they came up with the idea, even though you put the wheels in motion.
Maybe take them to an open AA meeting, tell them a friend of yours might be celebrating
an anniversary and get them to a meeting and maybe they’ll hear something they can identify
with. These are just some of the simple ways that you might be able to get the ball rolling.

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