Other reasons that people may abuse drugs and alcohol are due to past traumas or to fill a void feeling inside of themselves. Many times, people go through life feeling purposeless. Drugs and alcohol can be a way to escape the a feeling of emptiness or numb themselves to forget about past traumas.
People also abuse drugs because they have underlying mental health disorders. When this is the case, it is called self-medicating. Mental health disorders sometimes fly under the radar and are not noticed.
Individuals who self medicate can suffer a substantial amount because they go through life feeling that there is something wrong with them and they can not put their finger on it.
Many times they internalize this feeling of being abnormal. All they just know that drugs and alcohol seem to even them out. No matter why a person uses drugs and alcohol, they can find a way out. Treatment can put them on the path to recovery so that they can live an honorable and peaceful life.