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Perhaps a friend or a family member has a drug or alcohol problem and you’re worried about them. You may have watched them encounter depression or face problems with their health, work/school or with money, or even an accident or DWIs related to substance use. You may also feel scared, angry, hurt, confused, or depressed. You, too, may feel very alone.

Maybe you are struggling with an alcohol or drug problem. If so, you may feel alone, isolated, alienated, and cut-off from others. You may be filled with fear or guilt. You may have done things you feel ashamed about. Perhaps you have lied to the people that you care about the most. Or maybe you lost your job or are struggling in school. But you continue to use anyway. That is the definition of addiction – an uncontrollable, compulsive drug craving, seeking and use even in the face of negative health and social consequences.

People with substance abuse problems can get better. There is hope. Many people recover. With sufficient help and personal commitment, virtually anyone can recover. You can have an impact by supporting them and letting them know your concerns. Treatment can work – outcomes of treatment interventions for addiction are the same or better than those for hypertension, asthma and diabetes. There is risk (cost) to ignoring the problem. Treatment is worth the investment. In addition to addiction, some people also have mental health problems to overcome. In these cases it is critical to treat both problems. This, too, is possible and many people do get better.