When a Loved One is Abusing Drugs/Alcohol: Resources for Youth and Young Adults

| August 8, 2014

Has someone’s drinking or drug use affected your life?

Know these things!

  • It’s not your fault! You are NOT the cause of anyone else’s drinking or behavior.
  • You can’t change or control anyone but yourself.
  • You don’t have to accept their drinking/drug use, but can still love the person with the problem. They need help.
  • You can build a good and healthy life for yourself, whether the alcoholic still drinks or not.

Some resources for you:

Alateen — Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

What You Need to Know About Drugs:

Youth and Mental Health (Stress and Coping Center):

Activities for Middle School Drug Abuse Awareness:

NIDA Information for Students and Young Adults:
Sara Bellum Series (Mind over Matter):
(To order 50 free copies, visit:

50 Ideas on Things Your School Can do for Red Ribbon Week:

Other links and resources

Think you might know someone who is ready to get help? Talk to a trusted adult — and click here for a list of alcohol and drug services in Oregon!

Category: Alcohol, Other Drugs, Youth/Teens

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