A 38-year-old member asked:
Can drug, alcohol or any other kind of addiction be only a symptom of a larger problem?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes people abuse drugs or other substances to cope or distract themselves from other issues. Such as a person with depression taking drugs to try avoiding feeling sad.
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Last updated Feb 5, 2013
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