If you worry about a loved one's drinking or other drug use, you're not alone. Addiction strikes one in 10 Americans over the age of 12 - bringing untold worry, pain, and confusion to millions like you. Know that we're here for you 24/7 with help and answers. Call toll-free, 1-866-831-5700, to speak confidentially with a recovery expert. What's at Stake Addiction to alcohol or other drugs is a chronic and progressive disease—much like diabetes, asthma, or hypertension. And it's just as life threatening if left untreated. When you call us, we'll help you understand how to reach out most effectively to your loved one with your concerns. Where to Start When you call, we will walk you through some tips on initiating a discussion with your loved one. For example, bring up the subject when your loved one is sober, and raise your concerns in a caring and honest way. Talk about the effect drinking or other drug use has had on whatever he or she cares most about: career, children, or physical health. And be prepared. It helps to write down what you want to say ahead of time so you're ready. Is it Addiction? You can get a better picture of your loved one's situation by taking our addiction test and learning about the signs of addiction. It's not a professional assessment, but it will help you understand the difference between safe use, abuse and dependence. We will talk with you about intervention and treatment options, too. A professional assessment is the best way to clinically assess the problem, establish the facts, and determine next steps. Help for You, Too. When dealing with a loved one's addiction, remember this: You didn't cause it, you can't control it, and you can't cure it. You can address the issue with your loved one, but any behavior change is up to them. And remember, you're not alone. We're here for you 24/7.