Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Washington, D.C.
I "self-medicated" with alcohol from ages 19-23. It was more to deal with depression and general anxiety than SA per se, but it's a similar thing. At that point in time, I did not know that alcoholism ran in my family, so I was very susceptible to addiction. (Thanks, mom.) I have been sober for many years now.
They call it "self-medicating" because it works -- but very briefly, and with more negative long-term effects than positive ones. If you feel like it's become a problem for you, it has -- different people define substance abuse and reaching the point of abuse in different ways, but if you're feeling concerned, that would seem to indicate you would prefer a different way of coping.