How long have we needed to hear that drug and alcohol problems are not\u00a0the 'add-on'? Problematic substance use rarely travels alone. The body of evidence keeps growing on the many strands that converge to make us lose direction, and we\u2019re familiar with how drug and alcohol use can crash through Maslow\u2019s hierarchy of needs. We also talk a lot about revolving doors \u2013 to prison, debt, homelessness and a state of disconnection. So it\u2019s heartening to hear that senior representatives from many health and social care sectors will be coming together to discuss joint action on complex needs (page 8). This follows a call for evidence from the Office for Civil Society \u2013 and a detailed questionnaire that keeps substance misuse problems at the heart of a shared agenda. How long have we needed to hear that drug and alcohol problems are not the \u2018add-on\u2019 but symbiotic with mental health problems and all number of signs of personal breakdown? As a clear case study we focus on veterans this month, through talking to the charity Combat Stress (page 6). It\u2019s hard to imagine the level of PTSD that drives many of those leaving the armed forces to self-medicate, but encouraging to hear that with the right dedicated support they can do \u2018very, very well\u2019. And as the summer rolls on, so does the schedule of festivals that bring many young people face to face with the irresistible opportunity to experiment. Kevin Flemen\u2019s article (page 14) should help to provide accurate advice, grounded in harm reduction. We\u2019re doing a combined July\/August issue for the holiday period, but will be online, on Facebook and tweeting through the summer\u00a0\u2013 and please keep emailing\u00a0your letters to email@example.com. We\u2019re looking forward to hearing from you! Claire Brown, editor Read the\u00a0PDF version\u00a0or the\u00a0mobile magazine.