Millions of Americans use or are dependent on alcohol or drugs. A substance use disorder is a condition that affects a person’s brain and behavior, leading to a person’s inability to control their use of substances such as legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or medications. The use of substances can be a symptom of a deeper mental or behavioral health problem, and other risk factors can include family history or environmental factors such as stress or trauma. If substance use continues long enough, or progresses to a dangerous level, the substance use itself becomes a condition that must be remedied before other mental health conditions can be addressed. People with alcohol or drug dependence can and do recover. If you or someone you live with is one of those millions, we can help you.