Utah Addiction Center

How to Handle Addiction

The Utah State Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health has developed videos that depict five scenarios that are fairly common. In fact, there may be elements of a scenario that you might find painfully familiar. Each scenario shows two different ways to approach the situation. In the first you will see how easy it is to engage in communication patterns that result in frustration, defensiveness and power struggles. The second shows how both subtle and overt changes in how you talk with your loved one can change the course of the conversation.

We want to point out that not all of these scenarios have happy endings. Despite your best efforts and even if you do everything right, the person you love who is struggling with an addiction may still be resistant to change. It can take time, sometimes months, sometimes years.But there is hope and there are skills and approaches that you can learn that not only increase the likelihood that your loved one will seek services, but also satisfies your own desire to do everything you can to help, and in the healthiest way possible.

We hope you will find these resources helpful. If you would like additional support and resources, please check out the Al-Anon's webiste or contact the Utah Support Advocate for Recovery Awareness.

Introduction to the Family Intervention Video Series

Introduction to the Family Intervention Video Series


How to Talk to Your Spouse When Your Child Has A Substance Abuse Problem

The incorrect way to talk to your spouse when your child has a substance abuse problem

Your Spouse When Your Child Has A Substance Abuse Problem










The correct way to talk to your spouse when your child has a substance abuse problem

Your Spouse When Your Child Has A Substance Abuse Problem


How to Talk to Your Child Who Has A Substance Abuse Problem

The incorrect way to talk to your child who has a substance abuse problem

The incorrect way to talk to your child who has a substance abuse problem

The correct way to talk to your child who has a substance abuse problem

The correct way to talk to your child who has a substance abuse problem

How to Talk to Your Friend Who Has A Substance Abuse Problem

The incorrect way to talk to your friend who has a substance abuse problem

The incorrect way to talk to your friend who has a substance abuse problem

The correct way to talk to your friend who has a substance abuse problem

The correct way to talk to your friend who has a substance abuse problem



How to Talk to Your Adult Child Who Has A Substance Abuse Problem

The incorrect way to talk to your adult child who has a substance abuse problem

The incorrect way to talk to your adult child who has a substance abuse problem

The correct way to talk to your adult child who has a substance abuse problem

The correct way to talk to your adult child who has a substance abuse problem

How to Talk to Your Spouse Who Has A Substance Abuse Problem

The incorrect way to talk to your spouse about his/her substance abuse problem

The incorrect way to talk to your spouse about his/her substance abuse problem

The correct way to talk to your spouse about his/her substance abuse problem

The correct way to talk to your spouse about his/her substance abuse problem