October is National Substance Abuse Awareness Month in the United States. As we pause to remember a few of the many celebrities who have died as a result of alcohol or drug addiction, it’s important to keep in mind that substance abuse doesn’t discriminate based on gender, race, social status, or profession. Drug or alcohol addiction is a complex disease that continues to claim lives across the U.S. Opioid abuse is on the rise, and countless individuals, families, and communities are struggling to combat this deadly problem. Often addiction goes hand in hand with mental illnesses and disorders such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder, and quitting takes more than good intentions and a strong will. If you believe you or someone you love may have a substance dependency, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).