Supporting a loved one struggling with addiction means helping them where you can and caring for yourself. Here are things to remember:

Educate Yourself

Addiction is complex

There is an abundance of information available. Taking the time to comprehend your loved one's disease and how it affects them benefits you and your loved one. It also aids you in recognizing when a loved one requires assistance and what treatment looks like.


Find Support

Take care of yourself 

When a loved one is struggling with addiction, it can cause a great deal of stress emotionally and physically on everyone. It is important to set boundaries around what you will and will not support and stick to them to ensure you do what is best for yourself and your loved one. 


Carry Naloxone

Naloxone saves lives


Prepare yourself and your loved one by ensuring you both have naloxone. This drug can reverse an opioid overdose and may save a life. You can learn more about naloxone, where to get it, how it works, and how to use it.





Download and share


Support the Share Facts Save Lives campaign with shareable content. These materials can be used to educate and create a path towards recovery.


Treatment and recovery support


Access to mapping tools related to SUD treatment, such as residential treatment facilities, withdrawal resources, recovery residence options, and more.


Know your options


OPTIONS Maine liaisons  serve as a judgment-free point of contact who will meet people where they are in terms of their substance use.

2-1-1 Maine

Services directory


2-1-1 is a free, confidential information and referral service based in Maine available 24/7 that connects people of all ages to local services.