Who are the ONE in 12?

One in 12 people lose control when they take pills, drink alcohol or use drugs.
23 Million people struggle with addiction nationally, and 264 million people across America are
personally affected by addiction. Sober Living America is here to help those who struggle.


  1. Avoid Judgement: Being judgmental will only breed resentment. Be kind, caring, and compassionate.
  2. Come Prepared: Bring some written material to help back up your
    beliefs, and leave it with them if they aren’t ready to talk.
  3. Be Supportive: No matter what, be prepared to support your
    friend, no matter what.
  4. Respect Their Decision: Your friend might not be ready for
    treatment right away. The only thing you can do is help them when
    they are.
  5. Research in Advance: Take time to learn about local treatment or
    detox facilities in your area. If your friend is ready for help, you will
    be able to move forward right away.
  6. Be a Friend: No matter what happens, be there for your friend.
    They need you now more than ever.

Learn More about the One in 12

Who is Affected?

According to the SAMSHA, one in 12 American adults struggle with
addiction. Once these individuals begin drinking or using drugs, they
find it difficult to stop and their problems begin to pile up on them.
23 million people suffer from addiction. Each person that struggles
with addiction has a personal impact on their family, friends, school
or work environment, and community as a whole. Almost every
person in our society is affected by addiction in one way or another.

What Does Addiction Look Like?

Many people believe addiction means that you drink or use drugs
every day. That is NOT TRUE. 75% of sufferers maintain grades,
jobs, and families. What matters is what happens to a person when
they do drink or take drugs. Does this happen to your friend when
they use? Do they black out when drinking? Do they continue to
drink when others have stopped? Are they taking another friend’s
prescription? Is their prescription gone before 30 days? Are they
buying pills from others? If your friend shows these signs – please
see the Friend Guide.

How Can You Help?

If you think a friend or loved one is suffering from addiction, reach
out to them. Say something, don’t give up on them. You can help
when their parents cannot. Read our Friend Guide for tips on how
to speak to your friend about getting the help they need. Or, request
more information by emailing us at

Want to learn more? Download the full PDF here.

One in 12 Self-Assessment

Do you suspect you might be struggling with addiction? Take our self-assessment below, and
find out if you should learn more about the one in 12.

  • Do you often black out and forget what happened when drinking?
  • Do you drink or use alone?
  • Do you think about drinking or using often during the day?
  • Is your use making your home life unhappy? (Are parents or significant others starting to give you a hard time?)
  • Do you continue to drink or use when others have stopped?
  • Has your school or job performance suffered because of your drinking or drug use?
  • Do you miss school or work because of drinking or drug use?
  • Are you taking a friends prescription?
  • Are your 30 day prescriptions out before 30 days?
  • Do you crave alcohol or a specific drug?
  • Has your tolerance increased? Do you have to drink more or do more drugs to reach the desired effect?
  • Do you drink or use because of emotional strain and stress?
  • Do you lie to your doctor or others about how much you drink or use?
  • Have you ever been hospitalized because of drinking or drug use? Have you ever had alcohol poisoning?
  • Have you ever tried to stop or control your drinking or using? Were you unable to?
  • Do you feel guilty or ashamed because of your drinking or drug use?
  • Do you think you might have a drinking or drug problem?
  • Are you One in 12? Only you can answer.

Do you have a friend or loved one that would benefit from taking this test? Download the Self Assessment here.


Do You Think Your Friend Might Be Struggling with Addiction?

Do you think your friend or loved one might be One in 12? If so, they need your love, compassion, and
support now more than ever.

Often, we don’t recognize our friends’ behavior as that of an addict right away. But over time, you may recognize
that they are demonstrating signs that they need help. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Is your friend always (or often) drunk or high?
  2. Does your friend always recommend activities that involve drinking or using drugs?
  3. Are you often worried about your friends drinking or drug habits?
  4. Do they black out, embarrass themselves, or lose control when drinking or using drugs often?
  5. Has the frequency or amount of drugs they use increased over the years?
  6. Do they occasionally try to give up using or drinking – or switch from hard liquor to beer?
  7. Do they call you late at night, but don’t remember the conversation the next day? If you said yes to one or
    several of these, it may be time to approach your friend about getting help.

Do you have a friend that needs
help? Do you have a loved one that
you feel might benefit from recovery
services? Talking to your friend
about getting help can be difficult.
Download our full Friend Guide for
more suggestionson how to assist
your friend in getting the help they

Download the full Friend Guide here.

Is Your Friend Ready For Help?

Have you spoken to your friend about your concerns? Did they acknowledge that their drinking or
drug use may be out of hand, and that they are ready to seek help? Depending on how their usage
is affecting their lives, there are several different types of recovery assistance you may want to
explore. These inlude AA/NA Meetings, Detox Facilities, Recovery Programs.One kind of recovery
option is to live in a sober living facility. These independent living apartments are designed to
immerse you in a sober living environment and culture, while still allowing you to continue to
attend school or work at your current job. Often, this option is much more cost effective than other
recovery programs. To learn more about Sober Living America’s facilities, visit Consider what option might be best for you at this stage in your life.
But most importantly, if you think you need help controlling your drinking or drug use, please don’t
wait. Get help now.

Are you ready to speak to someone about help now? Call our BDC Intake Center at 877-430-0086.

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