Self-medicating

There are a lot of different reasons that people drink, including socially, to help them relax, or to complement a meal. However, many people drink to try to escape the pain of emotional distress, loss, trauma, or a co-occurring mental health issue. Using alcohol to mask or suppress the symptoms of otherwise untreated or undertreated…

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Whether or not you use substances, plenty of other people do. Some people seem to be able to have a social drink or maybe use a stimulant for study sessions, or maybe they are addicted to opioids because they needed pain medication for something. But beyond a drink now and then or the very occasional…

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Resisting the Urge to Self-Medicate

When you are in pain, the natural response is to find relief from that pain. Some people self-medicate with exercise or other physical activities. Others try to self-medicate with food. The endorphins from exercise are a natural high. Eating food beyond what we need can also release chemicals that are like a reward in our…

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