It's never easy to tell a friend, roommate, or partner that they have a problem…but isn't that what a friend would do?
Yet, many students experience consequences as a result of their drinking:
Or as a result of using drugs, such as marijuana:
In this section, you will find information on how to recognize a problem and some suggestions on how to have a talk to a friend. You may even find yourself in need of help or someone to talk to.
Does your friend seem like a different person when they drink or get high? Maybe they have been letting you down lately and you think it's connected to their alcohol or drug use. Or maybe some of the things they do when drunk or high are just scary. This can be a difficult situation to deal with, and sometimes the situation gets worse before it gets better. Don't make excuses. Talk to your friend.
If your friend does one or more of the following, you should talk to them.
If your friend doesn't exactly fit any of these, but you feel like they are headed in the wrong direction, you can ask for help. You don't have to wait for it to get worse.
Chances are if you friend is drinking or using marijuana too frequently, you already know it. If you are concerned about a friend or family member, you can help by providing support for that individual to change their behavior in a positive way.
Consider suggesting that you think they should cut back. If they refuse or just laugh it off, you can ask them to take some time to think about it. If they find cutting back is not easy, you may want to suggest that they seek outside help. Do not hesitate to seek help for a friend. If you are concerned, there is probably a good reason for feeling that way. Ask for help on campus, by using these resources.