Caring

Help Someone
You Care About

How to support someone you love who uses drugs.

BE PREPARED

Keep Naloxone with you and know how to use it. No matter the substance, opioids may unknowingly be in their supply. 

CONNECT

Know that the Doorways located throughout the state are available to access treatment, resources and free Narcan. Call 211 to be connected immediately.

REACH OUT

Know that withdrawals from alcohol and benzodiazepines (ativan, xanax, etc.) can cause seizures and be fatal. Reach out to a trusted provider, recovery organization, or mental health provider to discuss the safest way to withdraw from these drugs.

FIND SUPPORT

Local Recovery Community Organizations (RCO’s) can provide you with free Naloxone, and provide support to you regardless of where you are at in your substance use.

COMMUNICATE

Tell them you love/care for them, and that is not conditional on their use or abstinence. Tell them that their safety is important to you and that you can help them find free harm reduction supplies.

QUALITY TIME

Not every interaction needs to be about their drug use. 

Spend time, share a meal, invite them to watch a movie, etc. ask them what they need to feel safe.

Myth Busting

Supporting someone in finding harm reduction supplies supplies (sterile syringes, safer injection kits, wound care kits, naloxone) is NOT enabling, but supporting their health as well as the community by reducing communicable diseases.

 

People do NOT have to reach “rock bottom’ in order to create change in their life.

 

Compassion is NOT "enabling" and compassion does NOT kill people.