*How to Cope with the Loss of a Loved One Due to Alcohol or Drug Abuse*
•Allow yourself to Grieve.
•Familiarize yourself with the stages of Grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance – you may experience some or all of these and it may not be in this order.
• Build and Utilize a Support System to assist you in coping with the death and learning to live a new “normal” life without the physical presence of your loved one.
•Seek professional help from a therapist/counselor if necessary.