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Stress and Drug Abuse

Causes of stress can differ for each of us, and how a person responds to stress plays a key role in how stress can impact our bodies and our lives.
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Causes of stress can differ for each of us, and how a person responds to stress—by grabbing a drink, lighting up, or heading to the gym—plays a key role in how stress can impact our bodies and our lives. Stress can cause relapse to cigarettes, alcohol, and other drugs of abuse, even after long periods of abstinence.