Substance abuse and addiction are defined as 'loss of control' and /or inability to stop when one chooses consistently. There are MANY MANY people who use chemicals (drugs, alcohol, etc) 'socially' or recreationally and never develop 'AN ADDICTION". YOur point is WELL MADE that this women is engaging in 'dangerous' and/or RISKY behaviors... not only to herself but to her children and family. She could get busted buying drug, could get 'mixed up' with the wrong kinds of people etc. My point is that noone can say, based on the data she presented that'she is an addict and/or 'needs therapy'. Is she using drugs or engaging in behaviors that may very well be or become problematic? YES!. Is she 'irresponsible' to herself, her children and her family? IT WOULD SEEM THAT WAY !... I'm more curious that this person chose to share on this forum... Guilt? Fear? Concern? I don't know.. but its a beginning. It is my hope and prayer that she does find what she is looking for so that she doesn't have to live in shame, pain and or risk to herself and her family soon.