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Are you worried about someone? 

Family members and loved ones may notice when someone is struggling with recurrent cocaine use or suicidal behaviour.

Spotting and recognising the signs is key to knowing when it is time to get help.

  • Lack of sleep (all-nighters?) - disturbed sleep patterns

  • Dilated pupils, sniffing or nose bleeds or loss of smell

  • Sweating, faster heartbeat and/or raised blood pressure

  • Loss of appetite or intense cravings

  • Erratic behaviour and/or violent/angry outbursts 

  • Feeling paranoid, being secretive, irrational behaviour. 

  • Missing work, particularly after a weekend 'drinking' session.

  • Financial problems, owing money

  • Depressive/manic mood swings

What should you say or do? 

The ultimate aim is to preserve life by harm reduction. 

You might not be in a position to force someone to do something or stop a behaviour if they don't want to, but there are things you can do ​to help and support them.

  • If they are still high and acting erratically, try and not to antagonise the situation or make them angry as they could lash out. Do not put yourself at risk of danger.

  • Try and get them to eat something nutritious and drink water or soft drink. Try to avoid them drinking more alcohol if possible. 

  • Try and get them to rest or sleep without using any other substances. 

  • If they are experiencing the come down - stay with them if it's safe to do so, and reassure them that the feelings will pass. 

  • Try to listen without judging, you don't have to fix them - just be there for them.

  • You can ring a helpline for advice - you may need support too. 
  • Offer to support them when they're ready to get help for themselves
  • Signpost to help - click on the GET HELP NOW page for more information. 
More advice is available through
The Jacob Abraham Foundation or 4Tom 
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