This thought-provoking piece from Science Daily serves up some really interesting perspectives. It’s called Explaining Link Between Emotion and Addictive Substance Use.
There’s some really fascinating information to be gleaned here. This one is especially intriguing:
The conventional wisdom in the field was that any type of negative feelings, whether it’s anger, disgust, stress, sadness, fear, or shame, would make individuals more likely to use an addictive drug. Our work suggests that the reality is much more nuanced than the idea of ‘feel bad, smoke more.’ Specifically, we find that sadness appears to be an especially potent trigger of addictive substance use.
Take a look at the rest of the article for more information.