Substance misuse thrives in silence and secrecy. For each us who knows, works with, or loves someone who is misusing alcohol or other drugs, there is something we can do to help: get informed and talk about it with all of the compassion and courage that you can muster. Research shows that it takes an average of ten years from the time someone starts misusing alcohol and drugs until they get help. So much suffering could be avoided if people got help sooner. You may not be the first person to talk about it, and you may not be the last. Sometimes it may take multiple conversations for a message to get through. Show that you care by Talking About It, and by listening.