The answer to the suffering is in treating the mental health. It is so important that people get my message because there is hope if you or your loved one is struggling. I work as a Doctoral Health Psychologist within the drug and alcohol community and it is a traumatised population that I am treating. People are suffering psychologically because of their own personal traumas and these traumas need specialist help. Without this specialist help no matter how good the social support or service being accessed there will remain a difficulty keeps you or your loved one from repeating the same self-defeating behaviours. The difficulty of alcohol and substance dependency is complex and it requires a complex approach and complex psychological support but it is absolutely treatable. I want people to know that there is hope but it takes a concerted effort but with someone who fully understands mental health and drug and alcohol difficulties hope can be realised. Best wishes gavpsycpoljones.