Substance abuse is the harmful or hazardous use of different substances. This includes alcohol, illegal drugs, and legal drugs. Overusing these substances can cause a person to get dependence syndrome. This is a syndrome where the patient suffers from behavioral, cognitive, and physiological issues. These problems develop after repeated use of substances. It also includes an extreme craving for whichever substance used, despite the harmful risks it gives.
Many people have post-traumatic stress disorder, and a lot suffer from substance abuse. One is a disorder, and the other is a disease. They can go hand in hand because using drugs is an escape- it is a coping mechanism. Those who suffer from a traumatic event are looking to feel better, a way to not suffer. Which is what leads them to take drugs, maybe drink a glass of wine to take the edge off. Eventually, you’ll have to take more to get the same effect that you desire, but that can lead to addiction.
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To summarize, turning to substance use is not a healthy coping mechanism. It will work for a time, but it creates problems on its own in addition to what is hurting. It is important to remember that when you are recovering to keep going to therapy. Therapy helps you to build healthier and longer-lasting coping mechanisms. Those tasks can and will help you in recovery. However, if you have more questions or concerns for yourself or a loved one, please contact us at 706-480-8733
Written by Alexis Miller