Addictive disorders such as substance abuse, substance dependence, and chemical dependence are chronic disorders that develop over time. While they can be hard to stop on their own, addictive disorders are treatable and it’s possible to experience long-term recovery. 

Addictive disorders can develop as a result of brain chemistry, genetics, environmental factors, and stress. They can cause significant changes in a person’s life, impacting relationships, employment, and the ability to enjoy usual activities. 

People who attempt to stop using on their own often experience uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal that can lead them to feel even more hopeless about ending their addiction. In the right type of treatment program and with the right support, recovery from addiction is possible.