What to do if you know someone struggling with drugs, alcohol or gambling addiction

WINNIPEG – Many of us know someone who struggles with drugs, alcohol or gambling addiction but don’t know where to go for help.

Lisa Thibeau from the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba joined Global Winnipeg’s Morning News Thursday to discuss options that are available.

“We might see some changes in their behaviours, their moods might go up and down they may have differences in their eating, it might start to affect their work or school,” Thibeau said.

She also pointed out that it’s not just the users that need support as their families are also affected. That’s why the foundation also has family programs.

“We do presentations to about 30,000 Manitobans every year and then we provide treatment to another 16,000 Manitobans as well,” Thibeau said.

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Families can also come in for help even if their loved ones are not ready to come in. There are group or one-on-one counselling for anyone who needs it.

“We also talk about the effects of those drugs and alcohol,”  Thibeau said. “We talk about how to approach friends or family members, we also talk about some self care.”

For help you can call the foundation’s toll free number 1-866-638-2561.

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