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How does unemployment affect the risk of drug abuse?

George Joseph
Addiction Medicine
The tremendous stress, rejection, fear and frequent bouts of depression that often result from being unemployed are high risk factors for the development of a drug use problem. Many people who are struggling with the negative effects of unemployment turn to alcohol or drugs to mitigate the discomfort and sense of helplessness they feel. This is a serious mistake, and it can destroy your entire life.

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