#MeToo: How the Pain and Shame of Sexual Abuse Can Lead to Substance Use
Countless young women who have experienced sexual abuse cope by using drugs and alcohol. It’s important to address trauma and substance use simultaneously.
Where does our stress response come from, and what actually happens to the brain when it’s under stress?
Watch this extended footage from our film BREAKING POINTS, featuring George Slavich, PhD, Director of the UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research, discussing the effects of stress on the brain and why some students turn to risky coping mechanisms — like abusing prescription stimulants — to alleviate it:
"As a culture, we're not at the point at which we believe that reducing stress is a goal that should be part of everybody's daily habits."
George Slavich, PhD