Alcohol and drug addiction is more than just a bad habit . Substance use disorders are diagnosable diseases that often times require lifetime management, similar to chronic diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure. People experience physical, emotional, and social symptoms. You may find your loved one doing things they wouldn’t usually do, like lying, missing work, losing control, irrational thinking, and continued use despite negative consequences of use. It is important to know that they don’t need to “lose it all” or “hit rock bottom” before they get help.
Mental health concerns are also treatable. There are many mental health disorders that your loved one may be struggling with - along with addiction or with no alcohol or drug use issues. Some common mental health disorders are depression, anxiety, bi-polar, and post traumatic stress disorder. Sometimes we may not know exactly is wrong, but that something just isn’t right about the way your loved one acts or feels. On this page are some links to common mental health disorders for more information.