I can't say that I suffer from substance abuse related to alcohol, but I do have a problem with abusing marijuana. When I first started smoking it, it seemed like the world would turn into Candyland, with gumdrops and cinnamon raining from the sky... after awhile, I noticed how I didn't get the same effects from smoking as when I started. That wasn't the problem though. It was when I did decide to smoke and I'd get none of the sensations and feelings that I used to get. It got to the point where I had to smoke just to feel like everything in my day was going smoothly. I've come a long way since earlier this year. An incident with facial palsy caused me to cut down on my smoking. I can't say that the palsy incident was caused by the smoking, but I didn't want to take any chances. I have slowly started back up smoking again, although not as bad as I used to earlier this year. I only hope that someone can relate to what I've written and understand that any type of substance abuse takes time to overcome - and some never overcome it, they just find ways to deal with it day by day. Thanks for reading and I hope others contribute in a way that helps.