Emotional Pressures in Substance Abuse (COD Lesson)

There are many factors to consider in addiction. People may use drugs and alcohol to enjoy themselves or feel a sense of relief and euphoria. The emotional reasons for substance abuse are many. When life feels out of control, we can feel useless and unhappy. Many substance abusers use alcohol and drugs to help soothe or deal with these painful and negative emotions. Throughout recovery, it is important to consider both the external and internal triggers. This lesson will help you identify the external and internal triggers that cue drug and alcohol use, and give you specific ways to manage your emotions and handle urges to use and drink.

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