Addiction is a treatable, chronic disease, which can be fatal without treatment. If you believe a loved one has a problem with drugs or alcohol, do not let fear of “meddling” prevent you from having an honest conversation with that person. Your actions may save their life.
Most of us get a case of the “blues” from time to time. But clinical depression, also called major depressive disorder, is much more than occasional bouts of sadness or self-pity. Depression manifests both physically and emotionally and can lead to suicidal thoughts or actions.
Anxiety disorders are characterized by levels of worry and fear so high they interfere with the daily function of life. Those with anxiety disorders are also more likely to experience a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. Years of research have shown that substance abuse and anxiety disorder occur together far more often than would be explained by chance.