Substance abuse can sometimes be an attempt to self-medicate an issue such as anxiety or depression. Often, they occur so closely together it is hard to distinguish which came first. Like the chicken or the egg, did the substance abuse cause anxiety or depression or did the depression and anxiety lead to substance abuse?
One of the most important things someone who has a family member struggling with addiction can remember is that no one wants to be addicted. No one had a goal to become addicted. But when addiction happens, the battle for sobriety can be a tough journey.
Do you need help with substance abuse addiction, or do you know someone who does? Trying to navigate through and understand all the terminology surrounding addiction treatment can be confusing. It helps to understand some basics.