When an astrologer looks at your astrology chart she or he will see many indicators of several possibilities, one which can imply addiction or addiction concerns. Many astrologers will look to Neptune as the culprit, as Neptune is given the rulership over alcohol and drugs yet Neptune is not the only mischief maker when it comes to addiction problems.
When an astrologer is looking at your chart and sees a prominent Neptune, which would be Neptune connected to your Sun, Moon, or ascendant that signature can play out in many ways, compassion, the artist, the con artist, the savior, the martyr, or the person that gets lost in escapism, one way can be through drugs and alcohol.
Your astrology chart may not have a prominent Neptune and you still may be cursed with addiction issues. If you are open with your astrologer concerning your addiction the more understanding you will receive in understanding the various manifestations of your astrology symbols and coping with your compulsions. If you have strong Scorpio in your chart you will be driven to be obsessive and it is imperative you find a positive form to channel this obsessive energy. Scorpio is about control, and you can fool yourself that you have control over the alcohol or drug of choice. Yet it is your destiny to understand that you are not all controlling and that there are factors in your life you do not have control over; such as when you become the addict, the drug has more control over you than you over it.
The other factor in your astrology chart to look at is if you have a strong Uranus. Uranus is the planet of freedom and playing life by your own rules. As you can imagine this indicator in teenagers contributes to the rebellious streak of striking out on their own and doing what they want, not what they are told to do or told not to do. This includes smoking, drinking, and using drugs. Uranus is not generally considered a factor in addiction problems, yet anyone can become addicted if they abuse drugs or alcohol long enough. The problem with treating an addict with strong Uranus energy is they adopt an attitude of being above everyone and the laws and rules that govern the ordinary, therefore are not compliant with following procedures that will help them get clean and sober. It has been my experience as an astrologer that the Uranian individuals die the youngest from addiction and abuse problems.
The other planet involved with addiction and substance abuse is Jupiter. Strong Jupiter in your astrology chart indicates loving life and having a good time. With a prominent Jupiter the thought of getting trapped in addiction is off the radar. Not me, would cry the Jupiter person, I am just having fun. Yet once again if you put enough narcotics in the body prolonged abuse will lead to the body being addicted. Once the Jupiter person gets they have a problem they can lead and teach others about the perils of thinking it will never happen to them.
Your astrology chart can help you understand how you could be caught in the destructive pattern with drugs or alcohol. If you ask your astrologer or learn astrology you will also be able to see if those that you love and care have the astrological indicators of abuse or addiction. Looking at the chart from a holistic perspective helps understand that there are many indicators for the same problem, it is the perspective and the way the individual adapts and believes about the problem that is unique.