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  • Nilofar Vora

What is Substance abuse and how we can cope with it?

The use of drugs in quantities or ways that are detrimental to the user or others is known as substance abuse. Addiction is a condition in which using alcohol or other drugs results in psychological or physical dependence (or both).

Alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs including pain relievers, stimulants, or anxiety pills, cocaine, methamphetamine, opiates, hallucinogens, inhalants, and several others are among the substances that are widely abused.

A person may start using drugs or alcohol for a variety of reasons, including trauma, challenging emotions, stressful situations, and external influences. When a person is unable to handle these emotions or circumstances in a healthy way, they may turn to drugs for solace or as a means of escape.


  1. Tolerance or a need for higher doses of the drug to have the same effect are indicators of dependence.

  2. If you cut back or stop using the medicine, you may have withdrawal symptoms (anxiety, dyspnea, rapid heartbeat, and sweating).

  3. Taking a long time to get, use, and recover from medication effects.

  4. Abandoning social and leisure activities.

  5. Using the drug despite being aware of the negative effects it has on your body, mind, and relationships with your family and/or community.

How can I cope?

First and most important step:

Decide to change.

  1. Begin the Process - Keep in mind that the beginning is frequently the most difficult. Here, stepping outside of your comfort zone and habits is a challenging but necessary step.

  2. Prepare to Change - You must be resolute and receptive to improvements.

  3. Wait to React — When something upsetting occurs, take a moment to exhale deeply and gather your thoughts.

  4. Utilize mindfulness and meditation practice to assist you in processing challenging ideas and feelings.

  5. Keep yourself occupied by doing whatever it is that will make you feel wonderful at the end of the day.

  6. Maintain your health by rewarding yourself with nourishing, filling meals.

  7. Exercise - Because it causes the production of endorphins, exercise is a fantastic way to reduce stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms.

  8. Keep a journal to record your thoughts, feelings, and inner demons rather than holding them inside.

  9. Speak with a therapist, counselor, or your sponsor - They can assist you in navigating challenging feelings or circumstances and helping you make the best decisions possible.

  10. Create a network of sober friends - Have a network of dependable, trustworthy peers you can contact whenever necessary.

  11. Discover your gratitude- One of the most crucial and empowering coping mechanisms you can have in recovery is gratitude.

Long-term recovery is a continuous process of facing and coping with life without turning to addictive behaviors. It is not a destination. It requires ongoing dedication, which might wane at any time—especially under pressure.

Get assistance when you need it. People in recovery or experts in the field of addiction recognize your need for help.

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