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Resources for Families Coping with Mental and Substance Use Disorders

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Publication Date: Dec 01, 2020

Every family is unique, but all families share a bond that can be used to support one another during trying times. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for helping a family member who is drinking too much, using drugs, or dealing with a mental illness, research shows that family support can play a major role in helping a loved one with mental and substance use disorders. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has resources available for helping and starting the conversation when a loved one is experiencing a mental or substance use disorder. Download the guides from the links below or visit for more information.

Guide: Helping a Loved One (Get the guide)

Guide: Starting the Conversation (Get the guide)

If you, or a family member, needs help with a mental or substance use disorder, call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889, or use SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator (link SAMHSA's BH Treatment locator to: ) to get help.