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Self-medication happens when a person turns to prescription drugs, illegal drugs, or alcohol to cope with life situations that affect them mentally with hurtful, stressful, or emotional reactions.Turning to drugs or alcohol to cope with difficult situations and feelings is often the first step towards substance abuse. With time, self-medication and substance abuse can lead to drug addiction or alcoholism.

Substances Most Used to Self Medicate

So what substances are the most used to self-medicate? Both men and women used alcohol to treat their ailments more than any other substance, but men were more likely to do so. While 81% of men had used alcohol to self-medicate, 76% of women did the same. Marijuana was also popular for both genders, but women were more likely to use CBD products and opioids to self-medicate compared to their male counterparts.

This is likely due to women’s increased likelihood of using CBD products and opioids to treat physical issues. Compared to 13.2% and 18.4% of men self-medicating with CBD products and opioids, respectively, nearly 24% and 21% of women reported using CBD products and opioids to treat physical issues. Women were also more likely to use opioids to treat depression. On the other hand, men were more likely to resort to marijuana to treat physical issues, depression, social anxiety disorder, and general anxiety disorder.

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