Let’s face it, these issues are complicated. Sometimes depression accompanies addiction, sometimes it precedes it and some say it can exacerbate it. Often other addictions and disorders piggyback on chemical dependency. Thankfully, even since our son was in treatment, there is more attention given by professionals and treatment centers to what else might be going on in our loved ones. Several friends have been greatly helped by NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness. They have an excellent page for families and loved ones of those who struggle with mental health issues.