Episode #77: Sober Curious and Self-Medicating: When Drinking Less or Quitting is Not Enough.

Jul 23, 2019

This Episode

You Will Learn

  • Why we self medicate
  • Dicerning between SUD and wanting to drink less.
  • Reasons matter

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Episode #77: Sober Curious and Self-Medicating: When Drinking Less or Quitting is Not Enough.

 

The self-medication hypothesis

The idea that substance abuse can be a form of self-medication is formally known as the self-medication hypothesis and was introduced in 1985.

The hypothesis claims that people use substances as a response to mental illness. It states that alcohol and drug abuse is often a coping mechanism for people with a variety of mental health conditions, including depression.

It also suggests that people gravitate toward the substance that alleviates their symptoms most effectively.

However, some say using substances to self-medicate can lead to symptoms of mental illness. For example, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America says that alcohol and other substances can worsen anxiety symptoms.

Self-medication can have a negative impact on mental health and does very little to treat the underlying condition. Recognizing forms of self-medication can help you understand how substance abuse may be related to depression and other mental health conditions.

Enjoy!  xoxo Lynn

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