According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, alcohol and drug addiction is defined as recurrent substance use that causes clinically significant impairment. In other words, if you use alcohol or drugs and it’s causing problems in your personal, professional or school life, you should consider seeking treatment.
People develop substance abuse issues for a wide range of reasons, and addiction doesn’t discriminate based on gender, socioeconomic status or race. Instead, a mixture of genetic and environmental factors must be present for the illness to take hold. If you happen to possess this unfortunate combination, you shouldn’t feel guilty or think of alcohol or drug use as a moral failing.
Instead, understand that you need to take additional measures to protect yourself against triggers and stressors. If you don’t have healthy coping mechanisms in place currently, we can help you learn and develop so you understand how to take extra-special care of yourself and enjoy a happy, healthy life.