How to Speak to Someone About Getting Help

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Communicate kindly with people. Be available to answer questions. Offer to help them seek treatment if needed.


Feel out a person’s readiness for treatment. Do not push or judge them. Provide them with specific resources located near them or the Los Angeles County Substance Abuse Service Helpline number.

1 (844) 804-7500


Reassure people that Substance Use Disorders are chronic conditions that can be treated. Assure them that treatment works. Let them know that recovery is possible.


Encourage people to speak to others who have successfully completed treatment. Ensure that they are aware of all treatment options and patient rights.

Visit the Patient Information Page

County of los angeles California Public Health