What is self-medication?

Self-medication is one of the negative coping mechanisms that many people resort to when they aren’t sure how to handle stressful situations. Many people self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to numb or “cope” with their feelings. However, self-medication is extremely dangerous and can lead to serious health consequences, including addiction, worsening mental health symptoms, and even death. Self-medication examples include:

  • Drinking when you have anxiety
  • Using drugs when you feel upset
  • Eating junk food after heartbreak

Heather is a content writer from Ohio who has a sincere passion for psychology and addiction recovery. Her areas of interest include alcoholism, depression, and recovery options, to name a few.

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