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Summary

Stress in our lives is unavoidable, and dealing with it remains a problem for many people. We read self-help books, meditate, join various kinds of anti-stress groups and practices, complain, and suffer its effects. It might drive us to eat more for comfort, withdraw socially, or seek help from counselors. Even relatively common stressors such as overbearing bosses, traffic congestion, and so on, can promote drug taking. There is also early life stress that seems to predispose us to drug taking when we are adults, many months and years after the original stressor. Social rank and social defeat can also drive drug use. Thus, the effects of stressors are substantial and enduring, and stress is clearly a risk factor for drug use and relapse to drug use. Fortunately, this risk factor can, at least to some degree, be controlled. Improved, positive environments seem to reduce vulnerability to drug seeking and relapse. Stress is something we need to learn to handle to reduce destructive consequences.


  

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