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Talking to Your Friends About Alcohol or Drug Use

Are you concerned about the drinking behavior of a friend? Chances are you're not the only one who is worried about them. 

Needing help is not the same as being an alcoholic or an addict. Uncontrolled alcohol or drug use is not the only sign that someone needs help. The important question is what happens to them when they drink or use drugs. Do they do things they regret later: get in fights, destroy property, drive under the influence, or have unplanned or unwanted sex?

There are many ways to help someone who's having trouble with alcohol or drugs. Some just need the wakeup call of your honest opinion; others can benefit from professional help to make changes in their behavior. Still others need professional help to maintain complete abstinence through rehabilitation and/or recovery programs. At USI there's help for everyone!

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