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What is Self-medicating mean?

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Asked: 2018-12-03 22:34:43
My friends keep telling me I am self-medicating with vodka. I think they are full of it. Yes, when i get home from work i need a shot or 3 but really, what does self-medicating mean?


Answered: 2018-12-03 23:00:13

When someone uses drugs or alcohol to address symptoms of an undiagnosed mental health condition or in other words, when someone treats herself with substances instead of following the advice of a professional or expert. For example, I'm a recovering alcoholic. I have an anxiety disorder that I didn't know about when I first started drinking. I looked forward to every drink because it helped me feel more calm and in control. I was self medicating with bloody Mary's and I had no idea until I went to rehab.


Answered: 2018-12-04 07:35:59

Totally agree Collette, You see the same thing with PTSD, you see lots of alcohol abuse there. The mind is so interesting, sometimes, while kinda misguided, we subconsciously try to get our brains to feel more normal.


Answered: 2019-02-01 18:54:16

If you're drinking to solve a problem, you're probably self-medicating in my opinion. Are you drinking a shot or three because you had a stressful day at work? There are healthy ways to relieve stress and drinking isn't one of them. I don't see it being a problem if you only do it once in awhile but every day after work is a red flag. My suggestion is to try something else to relax after a stressful day (if that's what you're going through) and if you can't stop drinking no matter how hard you try, you're probably addicted to alcohol and need treatment.

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