Alcohol and other substances can feel like they've taken over your life. Every action revolves around the next use. Friendships, family, careers, and hobbies can be pushed aside and this rejection can cause even more conflict, withdrawal, or escalated emotions. These cycles are exhausting and frustrating for you and for everyone around you, but it seems like your needs around the substance almost always take precedence over your desire to stop the distress. You might feel like this is a losing battle, but we can help.