Alcohol addiction is characterised by an individual’s emotional and/or physical reliance on alcohol. It is often a coping mechanism adopted to alleviate the effects of grief, trauma, stress or pressure. A lack of emotional resilience, low self-esteem, situational, circumstantial and environmental challenges can also predispose individuals to alcohol addiction.
Illicit drugs are often used as a tool to cope with negative emotions or to alleviate the effects of past traumas. They are often toxic and can cause serious harm. Illicit drugs include cocaine, ICE, heroin, hallucinogens and marijuana.