YES to all of this. The distractions would be platforms of displacement/projection & might steer into an addiction to any minutiae that folks subscribe to. Habits like those (to cope/run away) become the hardest to break.
Couldn’t agree with you more! Because in forming those habits, they inevitably conform to a clique that they often look to for affirmation, and therefore breaking away, if that is the main source of affirmation in their life, becomes almost impossible. At times like that, I believe that if we’re still sincere in wanting to break away, we are presented with situations that force us to alter our state or die resisting.