TASK: who's there to support you changing your substance use

Why do I need support?

Getting support from family and friends is one of the most important things you can do. People with addiction problems often spend time with drinkers or drug users who will want you to carry on drinking or taking drugs. The aim is to break this habit and spend time with people you can do nice things with and turn to for help in sorting out problems.

Before looking at what support you have, read this....


What do I need to do?

There are three things to do in this task:

  1. Think about people you know who would support you in making a change. Promise yourself to approach at least one support person and make a plan with them.

  2. Think about how different people might support you in different ways. For example a friend could meet you for a coffee while a parent or partner could help you sort out bills.

  3. Make a note of the people you have spent time with who might encourage you to carry on drinking or taking drugs. Think of how you are going to avoid pressure to drink or take drugs.

When you are ready, find a quiet spot and give yourself 10-15mins to do this task.