How do you go about talking with someone you suspect has a problem?
Have this conversation in private.
Allow plenty of time for both of you to express your feelings.
Be empathetic and understanding. It is important to try to help your friend or loved one feel accepted and understood. Asking for help is not a weakness.
Remain calm and speak from your own observations and experience. Use “I” statements, and focus on the underlying issues, not the behaviors.
Be prepared with information about resources for treatment.
Ask your friend or loved one to consider going to one appointment, and offer to accompany him or her.
Do not argue. Rejection is not failure. Be persistent by communicating your feelings.
Accept there is a limit to what you can do for another person. Remember that your friend or loved one can refuse treatment.
If you believe his or her life to be in danger, seek immediate help from a professional. The professional will be able to recommend a course of action.