Addiction, substance abuse, and dependence can take hold in many forms: alcoholism, addiction to drugs, narcotics, or pain pills, and even addiction to food. If you feel like you do not have control over a certain aspect of your life – or it feels as though that thing has control over to you – help is available to help you overcome this obstacle.
It may help to know that substance use, abuse, and dependence is often seen in individuals who also suffer from:
Other mental health or medical problems
Thought Disorders (e.g., schizophrenia)
Because people use drugs, alcohol, and other addictive substances to varying degrees and in a variety of situations, dealing with a dependency or abuse problem involves treating the individual as a whole, and addressing the root of the problem, in order to fully understand the impact that the substance use is having on the individual as well as those around him or her.