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Understanding the Impact of Addictions (MH Lesson)


Substance use behaviors of any kind can be described as an intense effort to fill an underlying hunger. This is not a hunger for food or nourishment, but rather for comfort, approval, and a yearning to fill an emotional emptiness. The goal of alcohol or drug use is often to bring comfort to the sad and depressed, calm the anxious, and act as a distraction for the angry person. But the misuse of any substance or activity only brings temporary satisfaction. Addictions do not touch the important underlying emotional issues, and can create long-term physical and mental health consequences. Explore some of the common reasons behind addictive behaviors and the consequences of substance use.

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