Substance dependency can build upon deep-rooted issues. Drugs and alcohol are a mask that enable the user to bury those things that make them feel depressed, alone, sad, ashamed, and heartbroken. With emotional therapy, we learn to understand how we feel about certain episodes from our past and how to deal with the present. Emotional therapy helps us to identify the feelings we have. Once we understand how our client feels and they can identify these emotions, we can move deeper into the therapeutic process.