It can be difficult for a person to know when substance abuse has become problematic. People drink and use substances to have fun and unwind. But, substances can also be used to deal with emotional pain.
If this type of use continues over time, people may become dependent. Substance abuse and addiction are serious issues that need to be dealt with immediately because the condition will continue to worsen over time and can lead to serious legal issues, family issues, and even premature death.
Often addiction happens at the same time as other mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety. Working with a therapist that is trained in this area, and can help with any co-occurring problems, is the best-case scenario. Lyon Counseling Center can offer this help.
Therapist Jeff Zapor is a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor.