There are a number of reasons why people use drugs. They may use them casually for the thrill or to fight-off boredom, they may use them to “self-medicate”, or they may continue to use them simply because they’ve become addicted and can’t stop. Often times, people begin using drugs for entirely different reasons to why they continue using them. People who use drugs to “self-medicate” often use them as a way to avoid painful thoughts and emotions. In these cases, learning other ways to manage their emotions is the first step to being free from drug dependence. It is also important to learn strategies to use to manage cravings and thoughts that lead to reusing drugs.