Alcohol and drug use may lead to abuse, addiction, and dependence. Certain risk factors can contribute to substance abuse issues and symptoms can be varied and severe. In a world that values a philosophy of “work hard, play hard” it can be a challenge to gauge and assess the severity of one’s use or abuse and what to do, if you feel you may have a problem.
Treatment for alcohol and substance abuse often includes psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and a 12-Step or harm-reduction peer support groups.
Psychotherapy for substance abuse is largely behavioral in its approach for managing impulses, cravings, and supporting mindfulness in recovery.