Local 591 EAP / Member Assistance
Credit IAM EAP, LAP
Resources for Families Coping with Mental and
Substance Use Disorders
(excerpts from SAMhSA.gov)
Every family is unique, but all families share a bond that can be used to support one another during trying
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.
When a family member is experiencing a mental or substance use disorder, it can affect more than just the
person in need of recovery. Evidence has shown that some people have a genetic predisposition for
developing mental and substance use disorders and may be at greater risk based on environmental factors
such as having grown up in a home affected by a family member’s mental health or history of substance use.
Families should be open to the options of support groups or family therapy and counseling, which can improve
treatment effectiveness by supporting the whole family.
It is also important to remember that the unique challenges that come from helping a loved one with a
mental or substance use disorder can be taxing, so caregivers should take steps to prioritize their own health
Family members may be more likely to notice when their loved ones are experiencing changes in mood or
behavior. Being able to offer support, family members can connect those in need with treatment, resources,
and services to begin and stay on their recovery journey.
STARTING THE CONVERSATION
Spend time up front getting clear on the agenda and desired outcome so that when a family member is
drinking too much, using drugs, or struggling with a mental disorder, your support can be key to getting
them the treatment they need. Starting the conversation is the first step to getting help.
IDENTIFY AN APPROPRIATE TIME AND PLACE. Consider a private setting with
limited distractions, such as at home or on a walk.
EXPRESS CONCERNS AND BE DIRECT. Ask how they are feeling and describe the reasons for your
ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR FEELINGS AND LISTEN. Listen openly, actively, and without judgement.
OFFER TO HELP. Provide reassurance that mental and/or substance use disorders are treatable. Help
them locate and connect to treatment services.
BE PATIENT. Recognize that helping your loved one doesn’t happen overnight. Continue reaching
out with offers to listen and help.
What to Say
Supporting a Loved one with a Mental Health or Substance Abuse Disorder
When a family member is drinking too much, using drugs, or struggling with a
mental disorder, your support can be key to getting them the treatment they
need. Starting the conversation is the first step to getting help. Here are some
ways to start a conversation.
“I see you’re going through something. How can I best support you?”
“I care about you and am here to listen. Do you want to talk about what’s been
“I’ve noticed you haven’t seemed like yourself lately. How can I help?”
“I’ve been worried about you. Can we talk? If not, who are you comfortable
For more resources, visit www.SAMHSA.gov/families.
If you or someone you know needs help, call:
This is free and confidential information and treatment
Al-Anon is a mutual support group. Everyone at the meeting has experienced a problem with someone else’s
A 12-step program for families living with someone experiencing a substance abuse problem.
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591 CONTACT INFO:
Ken Morse 815 483-8585. Local 591 National EAP/Benefit Director
Tony Lepore 940 536-8817 Local 591 National Benefit/EAP Director
Tony Lepore - (940) 536-8817 - email@example.com National Benefit/EAP Director
Danny Wilson - (631) 334-0933 firstname.lastname@example.org Northeast Regional EAP and Benefits Coordinator
Rawle Skeete (954) 559-7505 email@example.com Southeast Regional EAP and Benefits Coordinator
Phil Revollo (954) 665-7383 MIA EAP and Benefit Member Assistance Peer
Ken Morse (815) 483-8585 firstname.lastname@example.org National EAP and Benefits Director
Mark Smejkal (847)757-1954 email@example.com ORD EAP and Benefits Member Assistance Peer
Hector Posa (815) 323-9648. ORD MLS EAP and Benefits Member Assistance Peer
John Kline (817) 819-7230 firstname.lastname@example.org DFW EAP and Benefits Member Assistance Peer (Terminal)
David Emerline (469) 408-8197 EEMERLINEE07@YAHOO.COM DFW (MLS) EAP and Benefits Member Assistance Peer
Sean Bruno (310) 594-2025 email@example.com West Regional EAP and Benefits Coordinator
Edwin Joseph (310) 709-4755 firstname.lastname@example.org LAX EAP and Benefits Member Assistance Peer
Sabrina Dooley (404) 245-6048 Sabrinadooleyp@aol.com SFO EAP and Benefits Member Assistance Peer
EAP May 2021.pdf