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Coping Skill or Problem?
Acrylic, oil pastel & pastel on canvas, custom frame
November 11, 2023
1 in 5 adults use alcohol as and coping skill; 17% of men report using pornography to cope; there has been a 56% increase in overeating as a coping mechanism post-pandemic; 20% of adults in a study reported using prescription medications; and 27% use gambling as a coping mechanism.
For me, alcohol and drugs were definitely a way for me to balance the stress of school, work, relationships and the vicissitudes of life in general. I knew at 19 years old that my alcohol use had surpassed being a coping skill and turned into a problem.
Do you have any coping mechanisms that could be problematic?