Any person at any age who is experiencing health, work, family, or personal problems associated with the use of alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription medications is at risk and may need treatment. Problems may arise at home, in the workplace, or at school. Frequently, family, friends, teachers or employers become aware of the problem before the individual is able to recognize it. All too often, the legal system becomes involved with drinking and driving charges or drug possession charges. Relationships within the family are strongly influenced by substance use. Poor communication, sexual dysfunction, neglect of spouse and children, as well as domestic violence, and child abuse are common.
In most employment settings, being clear thinking and substance free are necessary for safety and productivity. Many companies support mandatory treatment for their employees in order to maintain a risk-free environment. Employees who use are abusing substances can be a danger to themselves or others.