Stress is a well known risk factor in the development of addiction and in addiction relapse vulnerability a series of population based and epidemiological studies have identified specific stressors and individual level variables that are predictive of substance use and abuse. The insidious connection between substance abuse and stress by elements behavioral health posted on april 12 2013 in addiction stress is a normal and inevitable part of life. Stress is a common trigger for every type of addiction the more stress youre under the more likely youll seek an escape from it whether that means of escape is drugs alcohol food unhealthy sexual behavior gambling or something else or multiple things. Nida researchers have found the following connections between stress and drug abuse stress can cause changes in the brain like those caused by addictive drugs this suggests that some people who experience stress may be more vulnerable to drug addiction or drug relapse. One explanation for the strong linkage between stress and addiction is the self medication theory which suggests that the person may use drugs to cope with tension associated with life stressors
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