Ask a Coach: Helping a Friend

February 16, 2018 | Terri Brown, lead peer coach

Q: A friend is struggling with what seems like addiction. Should I wait for him to hit “rock bottom” before he’ll get help?

A: The idea of hitting “rock bottom” is a myth, and it can be very dangerous. The longer you wait to offer help, the more likely the disease will have serious consequences.

The sooner he gets the help he needs, the better. It’s more likely he’ll have resources like a supportive family or job to help him during his wellness journey.

Offer nonjudgmental support and do your best to connect him to quality resources like support groups, licensed addiction counselors or other services, like a Face It TOGETHER peer coach.


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