Substance abuse and other addictive problems are prevalent in almost every segment of society today. The issues and concerns that are created cross all ethnic, cultural, educational, socioeconomic, gender, and age barriers. Yet, people who wrestle with various addictions often seek out help from others. Perhaps you have ministered to or counseled with many of them. Whether you have taken your own journey towards healing and recovery or simply have a calling and passion to work with this population, a basic understanding of the dynamics involved is essential to the delivery of competent care.