Depression and other chronic conditions can be quite debilitating, making it difficult for people to function in their everyday life. But getting the professional help that they need can become quite expensive. For that reason, some people choose to cope through self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. Or worse: they’re self-medicating just to get through the stresses of everyday life. This is such a big problem because self-medication can lead to a number of mental health problems, including deeper depression, schizophrenia, or even manic-depressive disorder. Another drawback of self-medicating is that addiction habits can form quite easily, leading to the person needing drugs and alcohol just to feel “normal” instead of relying only occasionally.