Many people use what is variously called medicine, drugs, substances, etc. in order to remedy (there might be a better word besides remedy) perceived problems with their mental health, whether it is a remedy to a problem identified by an outsider (like a psychiatrist) or self-diagnosis and self-medication.
This can be anything from the more traditional SSRIs for depression, Benzodiazepines for anxiety, anti-psychotics etc. to smoking cigarettes to deal with stress, to using marijuana to relieve anxiety, to using drugs recreationally as a form of escapism, to using what are usually considered recreational drugs to treat depression (ketamine and psilocybin come to mind).
I'm wondering two things:
How do I/you navigate the distinction between beneficial use and dependence?
Do you think it's desirable at a fundamental level to have these sorts of drugs that provide relief or are they just a means of survival in an oppressive world?
If anyone can point me to written resources on these things (specifically theoretical and about the concept of "drugs" as a whole. I have read a few articles that treat the inefficacy of the approaches of modern psychiatry) that would be great.