meteor-like sunWhen Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a surprise heroin overdose in February 2014, it shined a light on the cunning and baffling nature of addiction, and how quietly people can use, stop for decades, pick up again and accidentally end up dead. It happens to housewives hiding wine bottles in laundry baskets and teenagers snorting pills in the school bathroom.

Experts debate whether addiction is a disease or a true mental illness, whether habit, dependence and addiction are the same thing. The bottom line is this: if you or a someone you love, has questioned your use of a substance or activity, it may be time to ask yourself some tough questions. A self-assessment test can be found here. More in-depth information about addiction can be found here. To make a confidential appointment with Dorothy to assess your particular situation in private, call 201-995-7020.