Stress is a normal feeling and, in many ways, can be healthy. Stress motivates you to work harder and to achieve goals. Too much stress, however, can have profoundly negative impacts on your physical, emotional and mental health. One of those impacts is an increase in your risk for developing an addiction. To improve your overall health, and to avoid the trap of substance abuse and addiction, learn more about how stress can lead you down a dangerous path.
Experts in drug addiction have long known that stress is often a predictor for relapse in recovered drug addicts and for usage in those currently using drugs. Many individuals turn to drugs when stress intensifies and believe that they are better able to cope in the short run.
Scientists hope to discover the specific brain functions related to how the brain processes stress. They are also trying to understand the use of drugs to mediate stress in order to develop effective medications for treating both stress and the brain response that leads to drug use as a remedy for stress. Continue reading