When Your Friend Has a Drinking Problem

by Kathleen Smith PhD

Woman Drinking Wine Image
Woman Drinking Wine Image

From the article by Kathleen Smith, 

"Addiction impacts more than just the person who’s using. Friends, family, and even coworkers can feel hurt or confused, or unsure whether they should intervene or let a person work out their own problems. They might talk themselves out of taking action, convincing themselves it’s just their imagination, or rationalizing that a person has to “hit rock bottom” before they will change. This simply isn’t true.

When people minimize the effects of substance use, no one wins. Though problematic alcohol use can be a complex disorder, there are common signs and behaviors that indicate your friend or loved one has a problem and needs help."