I learned a lot from the lecture slides titled "Drugs". I'm a person who likes to have caffeinated and alcoholic beverages from time to time, but I feel so lucky that I don't constantly need to have them in order to numb any emotion I want to ignore and fall into an addiction. I've seen the negative effects of alcohol addicts and it's very upsetting. It's okay to go out and have a good time, but don't use alcohol as a way to get drunk and escape your reality of struggles and depression. You are only going to make the situation worse. Also, opiates is not another way to help with mental illness and numb the pain away from anxiety and stress. Becoming addicted to opiates is very dangerous and not worth it. There are people who care about your health, like your family and friends, who can help get you out of your dark place and get you the help that you need.
Here's an informal article about drug addiction: